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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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VRC to Present at the North Branch Nature Center 11/6!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

November 6 – The Hidden North Branch Lecture
Come learn about the North Branch of the Winooski River and how the Vermont River Conservancy is protecting it. Learn about the amazing swimming holes, the important flood plains, the white water paddling stretches, and how river science, land conservation, and recreational
enjoyment all make this beautiful place so special. Thursday, November 6th at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, VT. $5 donations to the Nature Center are welcome. North Branch Winooski River

VRC Fall 2014 Newsletter

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Please check out VRC’s Fall 2014 Newsletter, with information on our recently closed projects, upcoming events and ways you can get involved in conserving Vermont’s rivers! If you don’t receive it already, please subscribe today! (Emailed 3-4 times per year)

Westminster Floodplain Forest Conserved! Volunteers needed to develop new campsite

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Vermont River Conservancy has recently completed the conservation of a a 15 acre floodplain forest in Westminster, VT, providing new opportunities for non-commercial, non-motorized public recreational use along the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail.  This is a special property located on a scenic stretch of the Connecticut River. In particular, it is one of the few remaining parcels of intact floodplain forest in the town of Westminster. In addition to 12.6 acres of forest, the parcel includes nearly 3 acres of productive agricultural land leased to an organic farmer. The property is located 16 miles south of the SCA campsite, an ideal length for a day’s paddle. Well away from roads, it is a scenic, secluded location for a campsite. The parcel, which includes 3,300 feet of river frontage, is now protected from development, timber harvest, and river bank alteration. In the coming month, a campsite will be developed for paddlers.

Volunteers are invited to help construct a campsite during workdays scheduled for October 25th. A site adopter is also needed to assist with campsite monitoring and maintenance tasks. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Noah Pollock at noah@vermontriverconservancy.org.

This project was made possible through financial assistance from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Davis Foundation, the National Park Service, and local donors.  Many thanks for their generous support.

Directions: Public access to this parcel is permitted from the river only. A campsite will be developed in October, 2014, near the mouth of Cobb Brook.  To access the property, launch from Bellows Falls or North Walpole. It is a 2.7 mile paddle downstream from these sites.  Alternatively, one can paddle 0.5 miles upstream from the an access in Walpole. Look for a beach near the mouth of a tributary.  The landing will also marked with campsite signage.

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Journey’s End Celebration!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

In early September, VRC held a celebration for the conservation of Journey’s End with project collaborators and supporters. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the community that came together to protect a treasured spot in Johnson. Here are a few pictures from the day!

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Welcome Two New Board Members: Justin Kenney and Scott Muller!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

This has been an exciting summer for the Vermont River Conservancy, as we fill some seats on our board with creative and energetic new board members! We recently welcomed both Justin Kenney and Scott Muller to our Board of Directors.

Justin is the Green Infrastructure Coordinator for the State of Vermont, where he focuses on the promotion of sustainable stormwater management techniques. Justin comes to us with a wealth of conservation and water resource experience in Vermont. He lives in Worcester with his wife and cat. You can check out Justin’s bio here.

Scott has been working internationally for 2 decades in the public and private sectors; implementing projects for low emission development, urban sustainability and the valorization of ecosystem services.  Scott is a passionate waterman, and worked for many years as an international whitewater and sea kayak guide.  Scott lives in Montpelier Vt, with his wife 2 children. You can check out Scott’s bio here.

We are so very happy to have these two great additions to VRC’s Board of Directors!

Welcome Dan Dutcher to the VRC Board!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

VRC is pleased to welcome Dan Dutcher to our Board of Directors. We are excited to have Dan’s experience in watershed ecology and management as well as his passion for Vermont’s natural resources. Dan is an Assistant Attorney General for Vermont, assigned principally to the Agency of Transportation. DanDutcher

Dan enjoys what Vermont has to offer in all its seasons- taking part in hiking, swimming, kayaking and yard work in the warmer days, as well as skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

We are thrilled to have Dan on our board!

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