Name of Project:     Ellingwood-White

Location:                  Lemington

River:                         Connecticut River

Type of Project:      River Corridor Easement and Paddlers’ Campsite

Public Access:        Paddling & angler access

Date Completed:    August 2015

Size:                           50 acres

Water Frontage:      3,500 feet

Landowner:             Beth Ellingwood, Sharon Ellingwood and David White

Funding Partners:  Upper Connecticut Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, the Reggie Ellingwood Memorial Fund

Property Description:  Much of the protected property is used for hay fields, with important wetlands and floodplain forests throughout.  The rare silver maple floodplain forest hosts an important ecosystem that used to surround the Connecticut River, and now is only found in select locations around Vermont.  The easement allows for the future siting of a campsite should use at nearby Holbrook Point grow.

Project Background:  This is the second conservation project with the Ellingwood Family; in 2012, the VRC worked with Reggie and Myra Ellingwood to conserve adjacent lands (Holbrook Point).  Through a unique arrangement, the purchase of this additional easement allowed the Ellingwood family to simultaneously secure the parcel from an adjacent landowner, ensuring they will remain in productive agricultural use while protecting the vital ecological and public access values associated with the site. The conservation easement allows for continued agricultural and silvicultural use, but prohibits development, protects wetlands, establishes a riparian buffer zone, and prevent river bank modifications.

Directions:  Access is primarily from the Connecticut River. The parcel is located 2.5 miles below Colebrook, and up river of the Columbia campsite.


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