VRC Plants 170 Native and Edible Trees along the LaPlatte RiverThursday, June 23rd, 2016
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.