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VRC Plants 170 Native and Edible Trees along the LaPlatte River

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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This spring, the Vermont River Conservancy planted 170 trees and shrubs at the Albert’s Way neighborhood on the LaPlatte River and Mud Hollow Brook in Charlotte.

Once a frequently flooded farm surrounded by actively adjusting rivers, this 3.6-acre parcel was generously donated by Gertrude Jordan in 2011 to the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) and the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing and conserved river lands.  The river corridor easement held by VRC prohibits channel management and development alongside the river, and requires a vegetated buffer on the riverbanks.

The tree planting was funded through a Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant to improve the ecological and recreational values of conserved land within Albert’s Way. VRC worked with landowners to develop a site design that included a berry patch, edible fruit trees, a pollinator garden, a mown path to improve river access, seating areas and native trees in the buffer area along riverbank. Since residents also expressed concern over poison parsnip, VRC is working with residents to better manage this invasive species.  “Our goal is to see this land support a beautiful park-like area for the residents to enjoy, and the increased ecological benefit of mature riparian trees, abundant wildlife, and healthy rivers” says Lydia Menendez Parker from the Vermont River Conservancy.

On the May 21st tree planting, volunteers from the Albert’s Way neighborhood and the ECO AmeriCorps program assisted VRC staff in planting 170 trees and shrubs. Last week, VRC led a community event to celebrate the hard work accomplished and plan long-term site stewardship with residents. “It has been fun to see how excited the neighborhood kids were to plant trees and learn about tree identification,” said VRC’s AmeriCorps member Elizabeth Gribkoff, “I hope planting trees and watching them grow up will create strong connections with this beautiful piece of land.”

Thank you Albert’s Way residents: for sharing input and helping design the planting plan, and for planting trees, managing the poison parsnip, and tending this beautiful land.

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Over 200 Trees and Shrubs Planted along the Winooski

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

On May 19th, The Vermont River Conservancy planted 230 trees and shrubs to enhance the Arthur Buck River Access Park along the Winooski River in Moretown.

Harwood Union at Moretown (2)Named after the farmer who kept this land productive for much of the 1900’s, the 4.25 acres just north of the Route 2 bridge and across from Lover’s Lane was generously donated by Jonathan Larsen to the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) in 2011 at the time of the Route 2 bridge reconstruction project.   In partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and the Highway Department, VRC installed a river access trail and parking loop.  VRC donated the park to the Town of Moretown with a Conservation Easement that permanently protects public access, vegetated river buffers, undeveloped river land, and non-motorized recreation.

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With funding support from a VT Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant, VRC created a park design to enhance the ecological and (non-motorized) recreational attributes of this river land.  With valuable community feedback, VRC improved the park design to meet community and user desires.  The design includes planting over 200 trees and shrubs to enhance the riparian buffer and beautify the park, installing two over-look benches, reinforcing the river access trail, maintaining a mowed walking loop, placing boulders to restrict motor vehicle access, and erecting commemorative and educational signage.

Site work will be ongoing throughout this summer, and we encourage you to visit, explore, and help care for the young trees.  To find out how you can become a site steward, or to share observations, please contact VRC at 229-0820 or lydia@vermontriverconservancy.org.

3 up med resIn late summer, the Town of Moretown and the Vermont River Conservancy will host a celebration event to thank volunteers and site stewards, to dedicate the park to Craig Elwell, Moretown Road Foreman from 1988 to 2010, and to educate visitors about the river park and plantings.  Look for future announcements with the date and time.

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Thank you Harwood Union 9th grade students, and the Harwood Union Sustainability club members who came and planted trees and shrubs with us, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Featured in Local News

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Click here to watch Noah Pollock (VRC) and Seth Bosman discuss river access improvements in Johnson and other facets of the new Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail with WCAX.

Our Spring Newsletter is Here!

Monday, April 4th, 2016

It was a busy 2015 for the Vermont River Conservancy, and our work is certainly not slowing down in 2016! Please read about the rivers we have protected and the events we look forward to this spring and summer in our Spring 2016 E-Newsletter. As always, you can join our email list here and get these delivered to your mailbox quarterly.

Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Community Social, Paddle, And Volunteer Opportunity – Wednesday, May 4th

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Join us for the 1st annual Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Community Social, scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th!

Landmark Tavern, Johnson Vermont

Join other river enthusiasts to celebrate recent accomplishments, including the establishment of the first official paddler campsite, and learn about projects planned for 2016!

The evening will start with an optional group paddle to the tavern, leaving from Sloping Falls at 5:00 pm. We’ll then gather at the tavern where there will be appetizers, cash bar, raffle, slideshow, presentation, and dinner available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going toward the Paddlers’ Trail.

Help is also needed to install river access stairs at the site during the afternoon (1:30-4:30).

Space is limited – RSVP by Monday, May 2nd to noah@vermontriverconservancy.org

Schedule

  • 1:30-4:30 – Optional volunteer work opportunity – help install access stairs at Landmark Tavern!
  • 5:00-6:00 – Group paddle: Sloping Falls to the Landmark Tavern (2.5 miles):
  • 6:00-6:30 – Appetizers and socializing at the Landmark Tavern
  • 6:30-7:30 – Presentations, slideshow, discussion, optional dinner!

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Kate Whelley McCabe Joins the VRC Board

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

VRC is happy to welcome Kate Whelley McCabe to our board of directors. She comes to VRC with a background in law and a passion for working with mission-driven organizations. Read more about Kate here. Welcome, Kate!

Introducing WUV’s New Director

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Lyn Munno has been hired as the new Director of Watersheds United Vermont. Lyn holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. During her time in Vermont, Lyn has worked as the Conservation Planner for the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and, most recently, as the Business Manager for the nature education organization, EarthWalk, in Plainfield. She lives in Montpelier on the North Branch of the Winooski with her husband, two boys and her dog. Lyn is thrilled to help support the wonderful work of each WUV member organization! Please feel free to contact Lyn at watershedsunited@gmail.com or call (802) 585-3569 (FLOW) with any suggestions, comments, or ideas. Lyn wants to extend a huge thank you to Ann Ingerson for her work the past two years with WUV and for helping during this transition time.

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Remembering Betsy Catlin

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Betsy Catlin, VRC Board member. Betsy was intelligent, caring and witty, and we always appreciated her thoughtful insight at VRC meetings and beyond. We will certainly miss her.

Please find the link to her obituary here. We are honored that her family has requested donations to VRC in lieu of flowers. You can find the link to the Betsy Catlin Memorial Fund here. We will give thoughtful consideration in the coming months to decide the best way to honor her memory with the established Fund.

Beard Recreation Park protected!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Beard Swimming Hole

For generations, local residents and visitors of Johnson VT have enjoyed a beautiful, Olympic-sized swimming hole and a beaucolic open field and beach along the Gihon River.  In 2014, as the Beard family prepared to sell it, they contacted the Vermont River Conservancy.  VRC’s mission is to protect public access to the special lands along our waters, and the Beard family wished for public access to be preserved in honor of their parents, Florence and Hubert Beard.

With approximately 600 feet of river frontage, this parcel possesses beautiful shoreline, waterfalls, and swimming spots along the Gihon River. A rock ledge outcropping in the river creates a deep swimming “pool” with an extensive sand and gravel beach – suitable for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The bedrock also forms beautiful waterfalls and cascades in the Gihon River channel.

The property is located on School Street just below the Powerhouse Covered Bridge, within walking distance from the Johnson Elementary School, Johnson State College, the Vermont Studio Center, and the village’s downtown center. On the open market, a private purchaser would very likely have built a house and prohibited public access, given the parcel’s ideal downtown location.

Partnering with the Town of Johnson, the Vermont River Conservancy secured major funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, with additional funds raised from private foundations, local businesses, Johnson State College, and generous local residents.  With so much support for the protection of this beautiful place, the Town of Johnson purchased the property this December, and donated a Conservation Easement to the Vermont River Conservancy.  This land will now forever be accessible to the public as the “Beard Recreation Park.”

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Swimming here on the Gihon River has been enjoyed for generations

Additional funding has been secured from the Lake Champlain Basin Program for VRC to build attractive and sturdy stone steps to improve access from the upper field to the beach and rivers’ edge this coming summer 2016.  When the warmer weather returns, enjoy swimming, picnicking, field games, nature enjoyment, bird watching, fishing, community gatherings, and relaxation at this beautiful place.

Watersheds United Vermont seeks new Coordinator

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Join Watersheds United Vermont in leading the grassroots effort to improve watershed health across the state.  Watersheds United Vermont (WUV) is a state-wide network of local groups dedicated to the health of their home watersheds. Our mission is to empower community-based watershed groups in all parts of the state to protect and restore Vermont’s waters. Watersheds United Vermont seeks a dynamic and collaborative part-time Coordinator to facilitate networking between our 32 member Watershed Groups, promote resource sharing via in-person and online mediums, share technical information from our 53 state-wide partners, and act as a liaison for state-wide communications.   The new Watersheds United Vermont Coordinator will lead the effort to achieve WUV’s mission, enhance our 2 year track record with additional funding support, and facilitate strategic communications with the VT DEC Water Quality Division.  Now is a pivotal and exciting time in Vermont’s efforts to improve our state-wide water quality.

To learn more about this part-time flexible position, please read the position description available at  www.watershedsunitedvt.org, and send your application to lydia@vermontriverconservancy.org by December 14th, 2015.

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