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Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Development Effort Underway

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

A community effort is underway to create new opportunities for paddling and fishing along the Lamoille River. Called the Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail, the project’s goal is to establish a network of well-maintained river access points, primitive campsites, and portage trails from the river’s headwaters west to Lake Champlain, as well as to develop recreational guides for visitors. A steering committee of local community members has been assembled to coordinate this effort, facilitated by the Vermont River Conservancy.

Over the winter, meetings were held about the initiative in Johnson, Milton, and Hardwick. Over 100 community members attended the meetings, providing input into the conditions of river access points and helping to identify project priorities. These gatherings complemented efforts by University of Vermont students and volunteers to paddle the river this fall, collecting data on access points and portage trails while identifying potential locations for primitive campsites.

Thanks to a Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) 2015 Water Trails grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the steering committee is now working to develop a web-based guide to the river and to facilitate a series of stewardship projects.

This project will engage area volunteers, grade schools, and college students in an emerging community effort” said Noah Pollock, project coordinator for the Vermont River Conservancy. “For example, this spring we are working with three students from Johnson State College to build a web guide to recreation along the river and its natural and cultural history.”

The CVNHP grant will also support a series of volunteer service projects this summer, include improvements to portage trails, the construction of a new campsite, and a river clean up. Those who wish to get involved with are encouraged to contact Noah Pollock at noah@vermontriverconservancy.org or (802) 229-0820. The Vermont River Conservancy protects public access and clean waters by conserving undeveloped land along rivers, lakes and wetlands of Vermont. Since 1995, the organization has completed projects at over 65 popular local swimming holes, gorges and waterfalls, fishing and boating access points, and paddler campsites across the state.

Vermont Trout Camp for Teens

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Do you know a teenager who would love a week of adventure and fun on Vermont’s rivers…and, yes, a lot of learning thrown in there, too? Vermont Trout Unlimited’s Trout Camp could be a perfect fit! Applications are due April 15th. Check out their website for more details, and spread the word about this popular camp!http://www.vermonttroutcamp.com/about/

 

VRC Partners with NH Land Trust to Conserve Farm & Islands

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy was thrilled to partner with the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust and landowner Richard Johnson to protect a farm on an island in the Connecticut River. The project insures that this land will be forever protected from development, and it can continue to be a working farm as it has been for generations. Additionally, this property offers an ideal spot for a campsite for paddlers along the CT River who wish to complete a multi-day trip, thereby further extending the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail. Please check out this NHPR story for more information on this exciting partnership: http://nhpr.org/post/after-six-generations-making-sure-family-farm-stays-farm-forever. And click here for a more comprehensive project description.

Stretch of Lewis Creek Conserved in North Ferrisburgh

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy worked with landowner Clark Hinsdale at the end of December in 2014, to protect a reach of Lewis Creek that includes an actively meandering channel . This property also contains an accessible floodplains capturing sediment and retaining floodwaters, an active beaver colony, and there is potential to restore the native “Clayplain Forest” on sections of the property.  This reach is well known to anglers and presents the opportunity for significant riparian habitat restoration.

This project is a prime example of how a River Corridor Easement can protect a wide range of conservation values including aquatic habitat, water quality, and flood resilience. Many thanks to the State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation, in providing the Ecosystem Restoration Program funding in order to make this project possible.

Upcoming Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail meetings

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Please join us to learn about an emerging initiative – the Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail. 

Meetings are scheduled from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M on:

  • Monday, February 23rd in the Milton Municipal Building’s Community Room (43 Bombardier Rd)
  • Wednesday, March 11th, in the Hardwick Memorial Building (20 Church St – home to the municipal offices),

In partnership with the Vermont River Conservancy, and with support from the Green Mountain Fund and the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Trail is an emerging, community effort to develop new opportunities for paddling and fishing along the Lamoille River. Our vision is of a network of well maintained river access points, primitive campsites, and portage trails from the river’s headwaters west to Lake Champlain. We recognize the region’s rich ecology and productive working landscape and seek to facilitate recreational use compatible with the river valley’s natural and social character.

At the meeting, you with have a chance to:

  • See the results of an assessment of river access points, portage trails, and potential campsites
  • Help craft a shared vision and guiding principles for the Paddlers’ Trail
  • Brainstorm priority on-the-ground projects for the upcoming year

Light refreshments will be provided. These meetings are a follow-up to a gathering held in Johnson, which brought over fifty community members together to discuss recreational priorities along the Lamoille River.

Please join us and help shape the future of this exciting endeavor!

Sincerely,

Doug Molde, Eric Nuse, Timothy Grannis, Kim Korner, and Noah Pollock
Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Steering Committee

RSVPs greatly appreciated to noah@vermontriverconservancy.org

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Floodplain between Lamoille River and Goose Pond Conserved!

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy and Flora & Tim Hurteau of Fairfax teamed up to establish a River Corridor Easement on 23.7 acres of the Hurteau’s land (floodplains between the Lamoille River and Goose Pond). Many thanks to the State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation for the grant to help make this conservation easement possible. And special thanks of course to Flora & Tim (pictured below)!

Tim & Flora Hurteau on their conserved land in Fairfax.

Tim & Flora Hurteau on their conserved land in Fairfax.

VRC Protects Village and Fishing on the Dog River

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy and Joseph and Deborah Zuaro of Northfield recently worked together to establish a River Corridor Easement on 8.7 acres of the Zuaro’s farm land along the Dog River, thanks to a grant from the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation. This easement was completed in October 2014, and helps ensure the conserved area will always be an undeveloped, active floodplain – improving water quality and fish habitat in the Dog River and reducing future flood risks to the downstream Village of Northfield.

The Zuaro property is mostly productive hay fields bordering the Dog River – a State renowned brown trout fishery. A small section of the protected property supports a White Pine and Hemlock forest. The River Corridor Easement will increase the woody vegetation buffering the river, ensuring the Dog River is a welcoming home for brown and rainbow trout, and the anglers and recreationalists who enjoy this river.

Happy New Year from VRC!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

We at VRC wish you all a happy new year! We look forward to working with our communities to continue to protect Vermont’s rivers in 2015.

VRC Gives Back on Giving Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Giving Tuesday is on! If you make a donation today (Dec. 2nd), you will be entered to win a guided river tour of your favorite VRC conserved swimming hole this summer! The tour will be led by VRC’s Assistant Director Lydia Menendez, and author David Hajdasz. It will be a day to remember, complete with a picnic lunch. One runner-up will receive a signed copy of David’s book “Take the Plunge.”

To sweeten the deal even more, a generous donor has offered to match, dollar for dollar, every donation made today! Please go to our donation page and make a gift now to protect Vermont’s rivers!

Many thanks! -VRC Team

You are invited – Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail meeting

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Please join us for a meeting about a new initiative – the Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2nd, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. in the upstairs public meeting room at the Johnson Municipal Building (next to the fire station). Light refreshments will be provided.

In partnership with the Vermont River Conservancy, and with support from the Green Mountain Fund, the Trail is an emerging, community effort to develop new opportunities for paddling and fishing along the Lamoille River. Our vision is of a network of well maintained river access points, primitive campsites, and portage trails from the river’s headwaters west to Lake Champlain. We recognize the region’s rich ecology and productive working landscape and seek to facilitate recreational use compatible with the river valley’s natural and social character.
At the meeting, you with have a chance to:

  • See the results of a recently completed inventory and assessment of river access points, portage trails, and potential campsites
  • Craft a shared vision for the Paddlers’ Trail
  • Brainstorm priority on-the-ground projects for the upcoming year
  • Please join us and help shape the future of this exciting endeavor!

Sincerely,

Doug Molde, Eric Nuse, and Noah Pollock

RSVPs greatly appreciated to noah@vermontriverconservancy.org

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