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Wetland, Woodland, Wildland in VTDigger!

Monday, January 6th, 2020

VRC works to protect the important floodplains and riparian areas in Vermont, 80% of which is privately owned.  Learn more about the natural communities we protect with forever conservation easements in partnership with willing landowners by reading about our river ecosystems in Wetland, Woodland, Wildland.  We collaborate with the VT Agency of Natural Resources to use funding on targeted and high priority conservation projects, and the science in Wetland, Woodland, Wildland helps inform this important conservation strategy.  Read about the book and its authors in an article written by former VRC AmeriCorps Stewardship Intern, Elizabeth Gribkoff.  Then get out and explore the natural communities that make our little state so special!

https://vtdigger.org/2020/01/03/qa-20-years-later-wetland-woodland-wildland-authors-reflect-on-vermont-conservation/

Red Rocks Park in South Burlington on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Help Expand Public Access on the New Haven River

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Please join us in expanding public access on the New Haven River.  With your support, we can add 14.7 acres to the Bristol Flats River Access Park for permanent floodplain protection, revegetation, and public access.

  • Protect water quality. This property floods almost yearly, and its floodplain vegetation actively filters and stores sediment, nutrients and organic matter from upstream sources. The revegetating floodplain forest slows the velocity of flood waters and reduces erosion during high-water events.  Because it isn’t planted in crops, less soil and nutrients are washed downstream during flood events.  Town acquisition of these 14.7 acres will ensure that the newly-established riparian forest is protected.
  • Expand public access to the New Haven River. Once acquired, this property will be forever protected for public access.  These lands will be merged with Bristol Flats River Access to the north – a day-use area that provides a point of entry to the New Haven River for fishing, kayaking/canoeing, bird-watching, horse-back riding, walking, and recreating. Together, the parcels comprise 54 acres of floodplain forest and 3,800 feet of frontage along the New Haven River.
  • Enhance wildlife corridors. Once acquired, the vital riparian habitat for birds, amphibians and mammals will be managed for and enhanced.

Please join us in realizing these goals by donating to the acquisition of the 14.7 acres of easement lands.  We only need $5,000 – and your contribution will be matched by a $5,000 donation from the Bristol Conservation Reserve Fund, together providing local match for grant funds secured from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.  Donate Today!

Kristen Underwood (Bristol Conservation Commission), Mark Martin (Vermont Housing and Conservation Board), Lydia M Parker (Vermont River Conservancy) along the cobble river shore

Youth Voices for Our Rivers: Second Video!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

When we set about making a “Youth Voices for Our Rivers” video series, we pledged not to script or edit what these children had to say. The result: videos that are poignant, insightful, and sometimes hilarious. Hope you enjoy hearing what Griffin loves about rivers.  Check it out here

Youth Voices for Vermont’s Rivers

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

In honor of Giving Tuesday, we are releasing the first of a series of youth voices videos. Please join the Vermont River Conservancy this giving season and help us with our critical work to leave clean, accessible rivers for our youth.

Call For Volunteers

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Help restore the Wild Branch of the Lamoille River!

Date: Oct 26th, 2019 (Rain or shine)

Time: 10 am

Location: 2526 N. Wolcott Rd.

A flood chute stabilization project was completed along the Wild Branch River in Wolcott in the spring of 2019. There are approximately 2 acres that were disturbed in the process. The Lamoille County Conservation District (LCCD) is seeking volunteers to plant conservation trees in the floodplain area to further stabilize the area and protect Wolcott Rd. from flood damage. Bring comfortable and warm outdoor clothes, boots and work gloves if you have them. LCCD will supply shovels and work gloves as well.

RSVP to Peter Danforth at 802-521-3004 or lccddirector@gmail.com if you wish to help. Thanks!

Confluence River Park Presentation 9/24

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Do you wish there were more opportunities to get down to our rivers in Montpelier for fishing, boating, swimming or simply sitting and enjoying the water flowing by? Do you wonder what it would be like if rivers were incorporated more into Montpelier’s way of life? Do you want to hear more about the proposed Confluence River Park at the confluence of the North Branch and main stem of the Winooski River in downtown Montpelier? If so, please attend the Confluence River Park Final Conceptual Design Presentation on Tuesday, September 24th 7:30 – 9:00 pm at City Council Chambers in City Hall, hosted by the Vermont River Conservancy and the Landscape Architect and Engineer from Milone & MacBroom. No need to RSVP, but please email vrc@vermontriverconservancy.org with any questions.  And check out this page for more background information on the Confluence River Park. We hope to see you there!

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.

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