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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!

Join us to Celebrate Worcester Woods!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

  • Learn about the future protection of 5,900 acres of forestland
  • Share your stories about why this land is important to you

Please join staff from Vermont River Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. They will be speaking about the future of 5,900 acres of forestland that has been owned by the Deer Lake and EB Hyde Timber companies for more than 60 years. This land stretches more than two miles along both sides of Route 12 between Worcester and Elmore.

Tuesday, June 10th

7:00-8:30 PM

Doty Memorial School Gymnasium

24 Calais Road, Worcester

Refreshments by Bon Temps Gourmet

Essay Contest Winner Writes About VRC

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

VRC was honored to be the subject of 12 year old Luke Hawley’s winning essay for the 2014 Members Advantage Community Credit Union’s Youth Essay Contest. Young writers were tasked with writing about an organization they feel makes a difference. Luke wrote that VRC’s protection of waterfalls and swimming holes is “very important…[because] the rivers and lakes give water to the animals. This is a big deal!” Thank you, Luke, for recognizing that the work we do is making a difference. We hope to see you at a swimming hole this summer! And thank you to the Members Advantage Community Credit Union for the donation.

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Green Up River Clean Up!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Members of the Vermont River Conservancy’s board and staff (and families) teamed up on Green Up Day to clean up alongside VRC’s conserved river shore on the North Branch in Worcester and Middlesex. They picked up over 10 bags of garbage, as well as tires and small appliances. Great fun was had by all, and the workers were all satisfied with a job well done. 05032014_VRC_GreenUpDay_Ericson_125

Onion River Race

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

OnionRiverRace_For_WebA paddling race along the Winooski River will be held on Saturday June 7th. Join us on a ten mile race through a scenic cut in the Green Mountains!

The race is open to experienced racers and the casual paddler alike. Shuttle service and a post-paddle meal will be provided. This event is geared toward generating enthusiasm for water-based recreation in the Winooski River watershed. Join your family, friends and co-workers in a day of excitement, camaraderie, competition, and fun

Please register by Saturday, May 31st. Participation is limited – sign-up today at onionriverrace.us, and RSVP on Facebook.

See you on the river!

 

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