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330 trees planted on the Nulhegan!

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

The East Branch of the Nulhegan in Bloomfield has historically seen heavy logging, and the Nulhegan served as a log transport system to the nearby Connecticut River, moving logs long distances from upland forests to downstream markets.  With time, the river is reestablishing its meanders.  With help, Vermont River Conservancy is helping reestablish forested buffers along the Nulhegan River.  Partnering with Native Geographic and the Essex County Natural Resource Conservation District, with funding support from an NRCS EQIP contract, VRC planted 330 native trees and shrubs.  See them here wearing guards to protect them from deer browse!  Thanks so much Jesse Mohr and Heather Johnson for making this planting a huge success. 

Face the River Audio Story!

Friday, May 10th, 2019

As part of VRC’s Face the River initiative, we are taking a closer look at people’s relationships with the rivers that flow through their cities or towns. This past winter, we had the opportunity to sit down with our intern Mary Perchlik and hear her story about a trip she took down the Winooski River with her high school classmates. Listen to her adventure here. We hope to have more Face the River stories this summer. Please let us know if you have a story you’d like to share by emailing richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org.

 

VRC Releases North Branch Cascades Trail RFP

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to release a Request for Proposals for construction of the North Branch Cascades trail along the North Branch of the Winooski River. The RFP can be found here: RFP VRC North Branch Cascades 5_2019

Confluence River Park Designs – We Want to Hear From You!

Thursday, May 2nd, 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!).

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 and will have several opportunities for people to offer their feedback and ask questions. We will update this page frequently with upcoming opportunities for public input. Next up is Monday, July 22nd at 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. We will have a table set up with the conceptual designs and representatives from the design team will be there to give a presentation and answer questions. We hope you will come check it out and fill 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

VRC has a new conservation easement!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

 The Karlan / Mason project is located on the Green River in Guilford, VT.  This property was severely damaged during TS Irene with an existing house completely demolished and a major avulsion of the Green River.   The original owner (Harris) agreed to sell the demolished house and the “island” upon which it was located to Jimmy Karlan and Kathryn Mason.  The Karlan/Mason’s then agreed to work with the Connecticut River Watershed Council to remove the demolished structure and move ahead with recommended river channel improvements.   Fitzgerald Environmental Associates, under contract with CRWC and funded by and ERP grant, developed a stream channel restoration plan to stabilize the site.  The Karlan – Masons donated a River Corridor Easement to VRC to prevent future development of the parcel.  Check it out on our completed projects page:  https://www.vermontriverconservancy.org/completed-projects/karlan-mason-river-corridor-easement

Face the River Presentation at the Hunger Mountain Coop

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

In this presentation, Vermont River Conservancy’s Richarda Ericson and Friends of the Winooski River’s Michele Braun will reflect on the role of rivers in Montpelier’s history and discuss current projects and opportunities to “Face the River,” as well as tangible ways city residents can make a positive impact on the health of our rivers.

Space is limited and registration in advance is suggested. To sign up for this free workshop, email your name and contact info to info@hungermountain.coop or call the Coop at 223-8000.

Confluence Park Conceptual Designs

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

The Vermont River Conservancy presented 3 Conceptual Designs for the Confluence River Park to the Montpelier City Council on January 9, 2019. Thank you for those who were able to attend the meeting and show support for the Confluence River Park. If you were unable to attend, check out the recording of the meeting by clicking here. You may also find a pdf of our presentation here.

Confluence River Park Concept A

Confluence River Park Concept B

Confluence River Park Concept C

VRC Welcomes New Board Member

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to welcome Kyle Landis-Marinello to our Board of Directors.  A native Vermonter, Kyle began kayaking when he was ten. He loves every day he gets to be in a boat, whether it’s on a lake or in whitewater. In high school and college, most of Kyle’s life revolved around training for whitewater slalom competitions. He was a member of the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Whitewater Slalom Team and competed in the World Cup circuit in 2001. Kyle also ran lots of Class V rivers and waterfalls when he was too young to know better, and now tries to dial it back a notch and stick to the relatively safer runs that, thankfully, are abundant in Vermont.

Kyle has a Master’s degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, as well as a J.D. from Michigan Law School, and has practiced environmental law for over 10 years. Kyle lives in Middlesex with his wife, three kids, and a dog. He hangs onto old kayaks well past their prime, and he won’t tell you exactly how many boats he has, but let’s just say it’s in the double digits.

Confluence River Park Public Feedback

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Public feedback on the Confluence River Park
Gathered through public meetings on 11/8/18 (as part of the Conservation Commission Meeting), 11/13/18 (as part of the Parks Commission Meeting), and 12/4/18 at the Senior Center.
*The following are all comments, sometimes summarized and sometimes direct statements, from the public offered during the several public meetings on the Confluence River Park. If you have comments to add, please email Richarda Ericson at richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org. Additionally, if you missed the public meetings, you can watch the one from December 4th at the Senior Center here.

General Size/Space
• Too small (several comments)
• Extend to East side

Access
• Easy access down to the river (North Branch) and the water for wading, boating
• Bike path access and integration with the bike path
• Boat access is a good idea, but don’t use up too much space with this
• Boat launch
• Accessible for a variety of abilities
• Consider how (from where) people will access the park
• Multiple use access (boating, fishing, etc.)

Ritual/Spiritual
• Include a ritual performance circle for Native American & Druid ritual and performance (dance, drama)
• A circle surrounded by trees or standing stone (like ritual circle in South Burlington on the lake front)
• Labyrinth
• Standing stone circle as a central feature, like Burlington Earth Clock

Viewscape/Visual
• Visual downriver, and also of Capitol dome if possible
• Connectivity to rest of city
• Connectivity with rest of city parks (similar design language); not seen as an island park
• Connectivity along the North Branch
• Consider beautifying Shaw’s
• Art – some kind of public art there
• Important to see river from a variety of angles

Landscaping
• Sitting area – with shade and trees
• I would hope the parks has trees and vegetation to offset all the buildings nearby (lots of comments are about vegetation)
• Make things of stone so they can withstand flooding
• Places to sit are very important (several comments as such)
• Would be nice if there were different levels of seating (closer to river, higher up, etc)
• Trees, picnic tables, gazebo
• Big trees
• Places for kids to play
• Year-round usability
• Consider larger context to Montpelier & beyond
• Consider some way to address the fact that the bike path bisects the park

Recreation
• Whitewater contest
• Easier access for fishing

Environment
• Anything that would improve water quality
• Stormwater management

Other
• Interpretive signage
• Incorporate history of rivers, history of city
• Places to lock bikes/ bike racks

Confluence Park Meeting 12/4

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

The Vermont River Conservancy welcomes members of the public to hear about the Confluence River Park in the heart of downtown Montpelier. This park is on the One Taylor Street parcel, at the confluence of the North Branch and main stems of the Winooski River. VRC has contracted with Milone & MacBroom to create a Feasibility Study & Conceptual Design for the park. Come hear about the process and timeline, offer input to VRC and the park designers, and share your priorities for a Confluence River Park.

Tuesday, December 4th 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street in Montpelier

Thank you to the Vermont Chapter of AARP for sponsoring this event and providing snacks, and thank you to the Montpelier Senior Activity Center for hosting. We look forward to seeing many of you there! If you can not attend but wish to provide feedback on the Confluence Park, please email or call Richarda at 229-0820, richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org.

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