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New map guides paddlers along the Lamoille River

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Paddlers, anglers, and other river enthusiasts now have a new guide to the Lamolle River. Funded by a 2018 Local Heritage Grant from the Champlain Valley Natural Heritage Partnership, the map blends information about the recreational opportunities (i.e. paddling, fishing and swimming, hiking, biking) along the Lamoille with content about the region’s unique natural and cultural history.

Students were involved with the project from start to finish.

A group of five University of Vermont seniors participated in the development of the map through a capstone service-learning course with the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources. Students researched historical, recreational, and ecological information about the Lamoille and its surrounding communities, and produced the final map layout. “Our group hopes that creating an interpretive map will help foster an ethic of stewardship and sense of place for those who recreate along the Lamoille River,” says Evann Grabow, senior at the University of Vermont.

At Northern Vermont Univiersity, a class was given the opportunity to submit proposals for a cover design. Student Alden Ducharme’s work now graces the cover. “It was great to help with this project, which provided a unique, real-world learning opportunity for our students,” said John Miller, professor of photography and digital imaging.

The map is available for purchase at local bookstores, gear shops, and online at www.lamoilleriverpaddlerstrail.org

The Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail is an emerging effort to establish a network of well-maintained river access points, primitive campsites, and portage trails from the river’s headwaters west to Lake Champlain. A steering committee of local community members has been assembled to coordinate this effort, which is being facilitated by the Vermont River Conservancy, a Montpelier based land trust focused on protecting access to the waters of the state.

Welcome Derek Moretz to the VRC Board!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

VRC is is happy to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Derek Moretz of Roxbury, VT!  Click on his name to read his bio on our staff and board page.  Welcome Derek!

Confluence River Park Designs

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

The idea of a riverside park at the confluence of the North Branch and mainstem of the Winooski Rivers in downtown Montpelier has been a dream for many residents and city officials for almost three decades. The Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to partner with the city to move this idea forward and have a place for residents and visitors along the shores of these rivers – to launch a boat, cast a fishing line, or sit on a bench and enjoy all that our rivers have to offer.

The future Confluence River Park marked by red (approximate size!). Consider this a “before” picture, and below Concept “A” could be an “after” picture

VRC is working with a design team from Milone & MacBroom Inc. to offer the City of Montpelier some design options for the Confluence River Park. We welcome and encourage members of the public to weigh in on these designs by filling out a survey – we value your feedback!

Please click this link to see the three conceptual designs:  conceptual drawings

And a new,  4th design can be found here.

Please click here to take our short survey (2-5 minutes), to share your thoughts on which design you like and how you would like to use the park

More public access on the White River!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

VRC was faced with a challenge to restore a riverside junkyard littered with rusty cars to an effective floodplain in an area of the White River in Hancock that was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.  With VRC’s leadership, hundreds of junked cars were removed from this salvage yard and as a result, 5.5 acres of floodplains along the White River in Hancock have been transformed back to their original beauty and ecological utility.  Visitors can now enjoy the Bettis site via a newly constructed parking area and gravel trail to the river.

River Gala 2019!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to invite you to our 3rd annual River Gala on Friday, September 6th, 2019 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the new Caledonia Spirits distillery in Montpelier. We will be kicking off our 25th year celebration with great music, delicious appetizers (featuring Vermont Creamery cheeses!), a craft event cocktail to all ticket holders, door prizes and more! Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by texting 25YEARS to 919-99 or by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

Join us at the BioBlitz!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

On Sunday, June 23rd, we hope you’ll come out and join the BioBlitz in Bridgewater, Vt!  This event is raising awareness for an important wilderness area called the Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve.  VRC is proud to be partnering with the Northeast Wilderness Trust, and we look forward to holding a Forever Wild conservation easement to protect these important headwater forests.  The BioBlitz event is free and has activities for all ages and levels of ability.  There is also a fundraising opportunity for this important preserve – Shelby Perry of Northeast Wilderness Trust is going to walk to Bridgewater for this event!  Shelby will begin her trek in Montpelier and will walk the 55 miles (in 2.5 days) to the BioBlitz in Bridgewater!  Click the link to read why she is undertaking this adventure, and please donate to her walk (sponsor by the mile or make a one time donation).  100% of all funds will go directly toward conserving the Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve!   http://www.newildernesstrust.org/walking-for-wilderness/

 

New Summer Intern

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Emma Heffner- 2019 Stewardship Intern

Joining the VRC team for the summer of 2019 is University of Vermont senior, Emma Heffner! Emma studies Environmental Studies and Latin American Cultural Studies at UVM and is excited to be spending her summer outdoors in Vermont’s beautiful natural environment. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Emma hopes to gain valuable field study and non-profit experience that she can use to pursue an outdoor-oriented career. She is passionate about environmental justice and activism, music, and writing, and is grateful to be a part of VRC for the summer.

LRPT Paddler Social

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Join the Lamoille River Paddlers Trail crew for their 4th annual Paddler Social on June 19th.  Volunteer work party 3-5, 3 mile family friendly paddle 5:30-6:30, and community social, cookout, and bonfire 6:30-8.  Come for one event or stay for all three.  Veggies for the grill or side dishes welcome and appreciated.  RSVP:  www.lamoilleriverpaddlerstrail.org.

VRC Board welcomes Geo Honigford

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Geo Honigford runs an organic vegetable and popcorn farm (Hurricane Flats Farm) on the banks of the beautiful White River in South Royalton, VT.   On an almost daily basis in the summer he is swimming, boating, or using the river for irrigation.  A founding board member of the White River Partnership, he has been working on river related issues for the past 25 years and continues to enjoy learning more about river dynamics and how people can responsibly interact with the river.  He has been married to Sharon O’Connor for 27 years and has two adult daughters who grew up playing in the White River.   It may seem perverse to some, but Geo actually enjoys pulling trash out the river.

 

Lisa Mahoney joins the VRC Board

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Lisa is an ecologist and an attorney with 20 years of experience in environmental policy and analysis in the public and private sector.  She is the owner and president of The Clark Group, LLC which was founded on the idea that environmental protection and economic development are compatible goals. In this capacity, she assists clients in tackling complex environmental issues through better and more informed decision-making and stakeholder engagement.  Prior to moving to the private sector, she worked in the federal government including at the White House Council on Environmental Quality where she focused on ways to improve the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Lisa moved to Vermont in 1996 to study environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School in South Royalton.  While there pursuing her Masters and Juris Doctor degrees, she enjoyed spending time swimming, boating and tubing down the White River and discovered her love of Vermont’s waterways.  She currently lives in Montpelier where she explores the local communities and Vermont landscapes with her two children, husband Peter, and dog Loki.

 

Latest News

New map guides paddlers along the Lamoille River

Paddlers, anglers, and other river enthusiasts ... more »

Welcome Derek Moretz to the VRC Board!

VRC is is happy to announce the newest addition ... more »

Confluence River Park Designs

The idea of a riverside park at the confluence ... more »

More public access on the White River!

VRC was faced with a challenge to restore ... more »

River Gala 2019!

Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to invite ... more »

Join us at the BioBlitz!

On Sunday, June 23rd, we hope you’ll ... more »


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