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The Nops help conserve the Neshobe

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Warren, William and John Nop jointly run a large dairy farm in Addison and Rutland counties.  And they are helping protect the Neshobe River’s natural meandering and flooding processes while protecting downstream infrastructure.  This March, the Nop Brothers permanently conserved portions of the Neshobe.

Extensively flooded during tropical storm Irene, the Nop brothers found some of their crop fields almost impossible to keep farming.  As this photo shows, the Neshobe created large flood chutes to release its energy after descending the steep slopes of the Greens and entering the low gradient river valley.  Located adjacent to the Dilts property, also conserved by VRC – these two conserved parcels will help ensure the Neshobe has open land to flood so the river’s energy can dissipate before entering the downstream village of Brandon.

Funded by the  VT Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

 

Just Conserved: 6 acres on the Neshobe River

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

6 acres of the Dilts property was dramatically impacted by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, when the Neshobe River flooded these wooded  floodplain forests.

This area functioned properly as a floodplain forest by collecting organic debris, sediment and slowing down flood waters, lessening floodwater impacts to downstream Brandon.

This parcel could have been cleared or developed in the future, but with the help of thoughtful landowners, VRC is ensuring the river will be allowed to move freely and the essential functions of the floodplain forest are protected.


Recently conserved: 23 acres on the South Branch of the Trout River

Monday, February 4th, 2013

For generations the Mercy’s have farmed along the banks of the South Branch of the Trout River.  However, the difficulty of managing crops alongside an actively meandering river led Arnold and Linda Mercy to search out funded programs that could help them manage the risks of farming on river lands, and mitigate their crop losses.  With a River Corridor Easement held by Vermont River Conservancy, the Mercy’s are permanently allowing the river to move freely, and are compensated for cropland they will no longer be planting in the 50 foot riparian buffers.  Arnold describes this option “as the best one out there, since the river will move where it wants to anyways.”  Farming next to the South Branch of the Trout River just became easier, and the river is now allowed to meander and flood as it needs, thus minimizing future tensions upstream and downstream.

Funded by the VT Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

52 acres of floodplains conserved on the Saxtons River

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Vermont River Conservancy worked with Silos and Camilla Roberts to protect over 52 acres of their floodplains.  The Roberts’ property is mostly hay fields and floodplain forests located at the nexus of the Saxton’s River with Bull Creek and Weaver Brook.  Upstream of the village of Saxtons River, this property experienced extreme flooding, channel migration and sediment aggradation during Tropical Storm Irene in August of 2011.

Now permanently protected to preserve the floodplain characteristics that allow for the river to flood and move, it is an important river property that helps protect downstream infrastructure from flooding and associated potential damage.  Conservation of this parcel is an active partnership between the Vermont River Conservancy and landowners Silos and Camilla, who are all engaged in the interaction between protected riparian buffers and the adjacent agriculture on these fertile river lands.

Funding provided by the VT Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

Enosburg Falls River Access Park conserved!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) has successfully insured permanent public access to a key section of the Missisquoi River.  This week the River Conservancy closed on 9.3 acres of land that includes 1,500 feet of riverfront off Duffy Hill Road, and conveyed title of the shoreland to the Village of Enosburg Falls. The land provides access to a stretch of trophy trout habitat, and had been an important access point on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which follows the Missisquoi.

But the property had been in private ownership, and in early 2011 the owner of the land posted it. After meeting with the landowner, VRC began a major campaign to raise the purchase and project costs of $189,250. That goal was reached earlier this summer, with substantial donations from the Town of Enosburgh Conservation Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), among many others.

Habitat for Humanity will build two affordable housing units on one-acre lots on a section of the land. The house lots are located on a high field, separated by trees from the riverbank and access points.

Prior to 2011, fishing and canoe access had been available off Duffy Hill Road. But when the land was posted, anglers and paddlers could no longer get to the river. One of the people who enjoyed fishing for the big trout in that section of river called Bernie Pientka, a fisheries biologist with the state Department of Fish & Wildlife, and asked if something couldn’t be done to reopen access to the river.  Pientka contacted the Vermont River Conservancy, and the campaign began.

Now that the Village of Enosburg Falls owns the conserved property, the river will permanently remain open for public enjoyment.

“With tremendous support from the community, we have successfully protected access to the ‘Jewel of Enosburg Falls’ – a very special property that is loved by many, and will be accessible for everyone from now on” said Lydia Menendez, Assistant Director at Vermont River Conservancy. “This project is a real asset for the Village, anglers and paddlers, and generations to come.”

Project partners L to R: Jon Elwell (Village of Enosburg Manager), Mike Manahan (angler & Village of Enosburg Trustee), Marcheta Townsend (President of Franklin / Grand Isle Habitat for Humanity), Gary Frisch (Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity), Steve Libby (Vermont River Conservancy Exec. Director), Lydia Menendez (Vermont River Conservancy Assist. Director)

Special thanks to the Trustees of Enosburg and Habitat for Humanity for accepting the donated and conserved land. 

Come help us celebrate the new Enosburg Falls River Access Park:
Saturday, September 22th at 4:00 pm, rain or shine.
Refreshments will be served, on the Bridge of Flowers and Light in Enosburg Falls.
We hope you join us!

The Vermont River Conservancy extends a BIG thank you to all project partners, funders, and supporters whose gifts and community support made this project possible :

Allard, Dorothy
Anonymous
Ben & Jerry’s Community Action Grants
Bruce, Larry & Susan
Cady, Sara
Carpenter, Eloise
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Central Vermont Trout Unlimited
Comeau, Stephen and Lise
Community National Bank
Concept2, Inc.
Crangle, Bill
Deen, David
DeSanto, Dan
Downes, Sarah and Wadsworth, Stephan
Eppley, Linda
Everyone who purchased raffle tickets for Jim Foote’s “Fishing Below the Falls” painting
Fields Pond Foundation
Foote, Jim
Ford, Russ
Franklin Telephone Co.
Grand Isle / Franklin Habitat for Humanity
Haines Household
Hannan Household
Hawksworth, Edith
Heindel, Craig
Heneveld, Edward and Cheryl
Hill, Donald and Pixley
Hyams, Robert
Johnson, Robert
Kamman, Neil
Kemp, Christa
Kubie, Dawn and Don
Kuryloski, Kathryn
Lake Champlain Basin Program
Lake Champlain International
Landauer, Deborah
Libby, Steven
Lindala, Roger
Manahan, Mike
Mellen, Lelia
Mercy, A.C.
Mikkelson, Gregory
O’Brien, Tino
Partners In Healing
Patch, Nancy
Powers, Jim
Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC
R.L. Vallee Inc.
Rogosch, Ralph
Rosshandler, Charlotte
Saltus, Nina and Smith, John
Schramm, Paula
Scott, Cynthia
Secor, Kenneth and Mary
Shea, Peter
Shoup, Jayne
Slayton Household
Smith, Martha
Stritzler, Bill and Viola
Strong, Anna
Syz, Jeremy
Syz, Stephan
The Abbey Group
Town of Enosburgh Conservation Fund
Valentine Bonk and Deborah Bonk Lewis
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
VT Fish and Wildlife
VT Transco LLC
Wazny, John
White, Barbara and Jay
Wilson, Michael

Please let us know if we overlooked including anyone who contributed to this project in any way. We want to recognize you!

Enosburg Falls Raffle for “Fishing Below the Falls”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

With help from artist Jim Foote and other dedicated community members, the raffle of “Fishing Below the Falls” raised over $650 dollars for the protection of over 7 acres of beautiful river lands on the Missisquoi River in Enosburg Falls for fishing and recreational access.  Congratulations to runners up N. Murphy and Ray Ferland, and the grand prize winner Gwen Hallsmith!   All raffle ticket sales directly benefit this project.

With less than $5,000 to raise, the creation of an “Enosburg River Access Park” is within reach.  Please donate today to help us conserve public access to this important fishing spot and its beautiful shorelands.

“Fishing Below the Falls” by Jim Foote

Thank you Town of Enosburgh!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

On April 2nd the Town of Enosburgh Selectboard voted to dedicate $10,000 from the Enosburgh Conservation Fund to help create an Enosburg Falls River Access Park on the Missisquoi River. Only 15% of the project budget (or $27,787) left to raise.    Please help us reach this goal by donating today!

Fundraising progress


A great opportunity has arisen to enhance a Healthy and Vibrant Missisquoi River Community.  Nine acres of river front land is available to create a permanently conserved river access park just south of the Enosburg Falls Bridge of Flowers and Light.  With your support, a currently “posted” property can be transformed into a five acre public park with over 1,500 feet of river frontage.

As of April 9, 2012, with help from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Fields Pond Foundation, the Enosburgh Conservation Fund and private donors, we have already raised 85%  of the $189,250 necessary for protecting this public access.  With your help we can raise the remaining $27,787  by May 1, 2012.  Several large donations and many small donations will get us to our goal.

Enosburg Falls fishing access to Trophy Trout river currently posted

Amongst many benefits, this project will:

  • Offer two affordable housing building sites to Habitat for Humanity;
  • Protect permanent public access to the Missisquoi River;
  • Restore fishing access to long-time small mouth bass habitat and to waters stocked with Trophy Trout since 2007;
  • Restore permanent access to a Northern Forest Canoe Trail put-in and take-out that will be safer and more attractive to paddlers, thus increasing river tourism and associated community benefits;
  • Create a permanent public park.

Please donate today to help make this project a success.

Healthy and Vibrant Missisquoi River Community depends on protecting the special places known and loved, and keeping them public treasures forever.  Every gift is important.

Enosburg Falls property map

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