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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 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 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

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 by Doug Perkins, delicious appetizers (featuring Vermont Creamery cheeses, Red Hen breads, Hurricane Flats Farm vegetables, hummus from North Branch cafe, Laughing Moon chocolates, and more from Shaw’s, Hunger Mt Coop, Alla Vita, and Uncommon Market!), a craft event cocktail to all ticket holders, door prizes. silent auction 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!

Silent Auction Donors:



Capitol Stationers

Rootstock Publishing

Woodbury Mountain Toys

Yankee Wine and Spirits

Skinny Pancake

Splash Naturals

Vermont Evaporator Company

Aubuchon Hardware

Guy’s Farm and Yard

The Quirky Pet

Delish – Montpelier’s Sweet Shop

J Langdon Antiques

Fat Toad Farm

Elmore Mountain Farms

Caledonia Spirits

Chill Gelato Montpelier

Mad Taco Montpelier

Pinky’s on State

Tangle Town Turnings


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!


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:

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