Stewardship Archive

VRC Plants 170 Native and Edible Trees along the LaPlatte River

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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This spring, the Vermont River Conservancy planted 170 trees and shrubs at the Albert’s Way neighborhood on the LaPlatte River and Mud Hollow Brook in Charlotte.

Once a frequently flooded farm surrounded by actively adjusting rivers, this 3.6-acre parcel was generously donated by Gertrude Jordan in 2011 to the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) and the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing and conserved river lands.  The river corridor easement held by VRC prohibits channel management and development alongside the river, and requires a vegetated buffer on the riverbanks.

The tree planting was funded through a Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant to improve the ecological and recreational values of conserved land within Albert’s Way. VRC worked with landowners to develop a site design that included a berry patch, edible fruit trees, a pollinator garden, a mown path to improve river access, seating areas and native trees in the buffer area along riverbank. Since residents also expressed concern over poison parsnip, VRC is working with residents to better manage this invasive species.  “Our goal is to see this land support a beautiful park-like area for the residents to enjoy, and the increased ecological benefit of mature riparian trees, abundant wildlife, and healthy rivers” says Lydia Menendez Parker from the Vermont River Conservancy.

On the May 21st tree planting, volunteers from the Albert’s Way neighborhood and the ECO AmeriCorps program assisted VRC staff in planting 170 trees and shrubs. Last week, VRC led a community event to celebrate the hard work accomplished and plan long-term site stewardship with residents. “It has been fun to see how excited the neighborhood kids were to plant trees and learn about tree identification,” said VRC’s AmeriCorps member Elizabeth Gribkoff, “I hope planting trees and watching them grow up will create strong connections with this beautiful piece of land.”

Thank you Albert’s Way residents: for sharing input and helping design the planting plan, and for planting trees, managing the poison parsnip, and tending this beautiful land.

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Help us clean up Fiddlehead Island in the CT River

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Volunteers are needed to help remove trash and construct campsite amenities on Fiddlehead Island in Monroe on Saturday, September 29, 2012 and Sunday, September 30, 2012. Fiddlehead Island hosts one of 34 campsites along the 240-mile Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, a series of primitive campsites and access points from the river’s headwaters to the Massachusetts border. This project is a collaborative effort of the Vermont River Conservancy,  the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and Casella Resource Solutions.

Located roughly one mile north of the Ryegate Dam and Dodge Falls, Fiddlehead Island offers a designated primitive campsite that can accommodate up to twelve people. With a canopy of mature silver maples, and a landing beach providing easy access, the island is a popular camping destination. In addition to removing trash, we also plan to improve the campsite by adding a sign-in register, picnic table, a privy, user etiquette signage. Campsite boundary signage and fencing will also be installed to protect the island’s fragile ecosystem, which includes the characteristic Ostrich Ferns that give the island its name.

This clean-up is part of the Source to Sea River Cleanup organized by the Connecticut River Watershed Council. The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual one-day coordinated cleanup of the four-state Connecticut River watershed.  The cleanup and construction work day will be held on Saturday September 29th from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch on Saturday will be provided by the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. Volunteers are invited to camp overnight and help complete the construction of campsite amenities on Sunday morning.

Volunteers will need to bring their own canoes or kayaks. The paddle to the island is a leisurely two-mile round trip from Dodge Falls. To sign up, please contact Rachel Ruppel at the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, by email at rruppel@uvlsrpc.org or by phone at (603) 727-9484. Volunteers should register in advance, no later than Wednesday September 26, 2012.

Help us restore the beauty of Fiddlehead Island, and improve camping on the Connecticut River!

Stewardship in the wake of Irene

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The flood waters may have receded, but they’ve left a tide of Japanese Knotweed stems in their wake.  Because it is able to grow from any stem node, identifying and removing early shoots of Japanese Knotweed may be the best way to steward our river banks in early 2012.  Learn to identify the young shoots, and where possible, hand pull them often before they become a persistent problem.  This spring we have the window of an opportunity to make real a difference in stewarding our river banks!  Check out vtinvasives.org for more info.

young shoots of Japanese Knotweed

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