Roberts River Corridor

Name of Project:     Roberts River Corridor

Location:                  Rockingham / Athens / Grafton                           

River:                        Saxton’s River

Type of Project:      River Corridor Easement

Public Access:        no

Date Completed:    July 12, 2012

Size:                           52.3 acres

Water Frontage:      9,200 feet

Landowner:             James & Camilla Roberts

Funding Partners:  VT Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

Property Description:       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 actively engaged in the interaction between protected riparian buffers and the adjacent agriculture on these fertile river lands.

Project Background:  The Roberts’ parcel was identified as “Highest Priority” for a river corridor easement in the State’s Saxton’s River Corridor Plan.  Vermont River Conservancy worked with the VT Rivers Program and the Vermont Land Trust to align conservation goals on the Roberts’ property with an adjacent conserved farm upstream on Bull Creek.  Contiguous conserved open land upstream of the Village of Saxton’s River can help mitigate future flooding and minimize damage to built infrastructure.

 

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