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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.

50 acres conserved along the Upper Connecticut River

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy, collaborating with the Ellingwood-White family, has conserved 50 acres of land along the Upper Connecticut River in Lemington, Vermont – nearly 2/3 of a mile of river frontage! The parcels are adjacent to Holbrook Point, already conserved by the VRC, a project completed with the Ellingwood family in 2013.

Through a unique arrangement, the purchase of the easement allowed the Ellingwood family to simultaneously purchase the lands, ensuring they will remain in productive agricultural use while protecting the vital ecological and public access values associated with the site. The conservation easement allows for continued agricultural and silvicultural use, but prohibits development, protects wetlands, establishes a riparian buffer zone, and prevent river bank modifications.

The easement also permanently protects public access for anglers and other dispersed recreational users and allows for the designation of a site for canoe camping as part of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail should use at the nearby Holbrook Point campsite exceed its current capacity. Public access to the site is intended to be primarily from the Connecticut River.

This project was funded through a grant from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund and contributions to the Reggie Ellingwood Memorial fund.

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Help VRC Reach Our Year End Fundraising Goal!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy relies on supporters like you to help us protect special places along Vermont’s rivers and shorelands. We have had a successful start to our Annual Appeal season with a group of generous donors offering to match all donations between now and the end of the year, up to $27,000! This is a truly remarkable opportunity we don’t want to miss out on. Imagine what we can do together to ensure we will have places along our rivers to swim, fish, paddle, or simply listen to the water’s flow – for years to come. Please join us and make your donation today! Thank you! And, check out our year-in-review, and look ahead towards our 2016 projects:

2015-16 VRC Projects

 

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