News Archive

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.

Youth Month 2014 - Essay Winner

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!

 

The Kearneys Help Support a Healthy Missisquoi

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

VRC is proud to have been a part of another project that helps to support a healthy Missiquoi River. The Kearneys in Westfield, VT worked with VRC to complete a River Corridor Easement on their previously farmed land along the Missiquoi River. The Kearneys are helping to create a more stable river system up and down stream of their land after an unfortunate turn of events with Tropical Storm Irene. Read more here.

Lyman Falls celebration and paddle to be held May 31st.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

On Saturday May 31st, the Vermont River Conservancy will be hosting a gathering at Lyman Falls in Columbia, New Hampshire, followed by a paddle on a scenic section of the Connecticut River. Join us to celebrate the conservation of this important riparian land, traditional fishing access, and waypoint along the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail!

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Lyman Falls is a special property located on a scenic stretch of the upper Connecticut River. It is immediately across the river from Lyman Falls State Park, previously conserved by the state of Vermont and the VRC. The property includes an extensive cobble beach, a forested island, and over a mile of river frontage. The property is also popular with anglers. With support from the NH Charitable Foundation and Plum Creek, the VRC purchased the parcel from the Washburn Lumber Company In the summer of 2013. It was transferred to the town of Columbia in December, 2013.

After a lunch, official remark, participants will have an opportunity to share stories about the land and help provide feedback on site management. Following the celebration will be an optional paddle down to North Stratford. Because of the cold water and Class I rapids, the four mile paddle will be river level permitting and for experienced boaters only.

Ceremony Schedule:

  • 12:00-12:30: Food and refreshments, site tour
  • 12:30-1:00: Dedication Ceremony
  • 1:30-3:00: Optional group paddle (Columbia – North Stratford, four miles)

Please RSVP by May 28th by e-mailing Noah at noah@vermontriverconservancy.org or call (802) 540-0319

The Vermont River Conservancy is a Montpelier-based non-profit that works to protect and preserve important land along Vermont waters such as waterfalls, gorges, swimming holes, wetlands, river and lake shores and islands. It has preserved more than 50 sites around the state. Information is available at www.vermontriverconservancy.org or by calling VRC at (802) 229-0820

 

VRC Welcomes New Office Manager Richarda Ericson

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

RichardaVRC is pleased to announce our new Office Manager, Richarda Ericson. Richarda comes with a passion for land conservation and experience in sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and building strong local communities. She has led outreach initiatives for schools and non-profits including the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, The Land Stewardship Project, the Northern Forest Alliance and Businesses for the Northern Forest. She has held multiple positions within these organizations including Member Outreach Coordinator and Program Director. Richarda holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She lives in Montpelier with her husband and three boys.

 

Announcing Watershed United Vermont’s New Coordinator

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

ann ingersonThe Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to announce the new Program Coordinator for Watersheds United Vermont, Ann Ingerson.  Ann brings passion and professional acumen to all of her diverse environmental pursuits, including teaching, land conservation, and wilderness adventure.

Ann will help the Vermont River Conservancy and the WUV Advisors launch Watersheds United Vermont, with the primary goal of connecting community-based watershed groups in Vermont with the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to more effectively enhance and protect the health of Vermont water resources.  As the Watersheds United Vermont Coordinator, Ann will focus on learning more about the needs of watersheds groups, state-wide water quality partners, and how Watersheds United can be of service.

In Ann’s new role as WUV Coordinator, she will be responsible for facilitating and helping implement the collective vision for improved coordination and collaboration among watersheds groups and partners around watershed issues in Vermont.

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