52 acres of floodplains conserved on the Saxtons River

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Vermont River Conservancy worked with Silos and Camilla Roberts to protect over 52 acres of their floodplains.  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 engaged in the interaction between protected riparian buffers and the adjacent agriculture on these fertile river lands.

Funding provided by the VT Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

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