Over 200 Trees and Shrubs Planted along the Winooski

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

On May 19th, The Vermont River Conservancy planted 230 trees and shrubs to enhance the Arthur Buck River Access Park along the Winooski River in Moretown.

Harwood Union at Moretown (2)Named after the farmer who kept this land productive for much of the 1900’s, the 4.25 acres just north of the Route 2 bridge and across from Lover’s Lane was generously donated by Jonathan Larsen to the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) in 2011 at the time of the Route 2 bridge reconstruction project.   In partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and the Highway Department, VRC installed a river access trail and parking loop.  VRC donated the park to the Town of Moretown with a Conservation Easement that permanently protects public access, vegetated river buffers, undeveloped river land, and non-motorized recreation.

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With funding support from a VT Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant, VRC created a park design to enhance the ecological and (non-motorized) recreational attributes of this river land.  With valuable community feedback, VRC improved the park design to meet community and user desires.  The design includes planting over 200 trees and shrubs to enhance the riparian buffer and beautify the park, installing two over-look benches, reinforcing the river access trail, maintaining a mowed walking loop, placing boulders to restrict motor vehicle access, and erecting commemorative and educational signage.

Site work will be ongoing throughout this summer, and we encourage you to visit, explore, and help care for the young trees.  To find out how you can become a site steward, or to share observations, please contact VRC at 229-0820 or lydia@vermontriverconservancy.org.

3 up med resIn late summer, the Town of Moretown and the Vermont River Conservancy will host a celebration event to thank volunteers and site stewards, to dedicate the park to Craig Elwell, Moretown Road Foreman from 1988 to 2010, and to educate visitors about the river park and plantings.  Look for future announcements with the date and time.

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Thank you Harwood Union 9th grade students, and the Harwood Union Sustainability club members who came and planted trees and shrubs with us, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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