Haders River Corridor Easement

Location:      Wolcott, VT

Haders

 River: Wild Branch

 Type of Project:  River Corridor Easement

Public Access:   No

Date Completed:  August 2014

Size:     14 acres

Water Frontage: 2,900 feet

 Landowner:  Amy Haders

Funding Partners:  VT Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

Property Description:  14 acres of recently hayed fields are growing back into vegetated buffer.  With the help of trees planted along the banks of the Wild Branch, and the VRC held river corridor easement, which will keep the banks unconstrained and the fields forever open, this property is now part of Vermont’s flood resilient future.  Along with the adjacent Schoolcraft River Corridor Easement, the Wild Branch is now a little freer to roam.

Project Background:  Open floodplains, once hayed, are now returning to a naturally seeded field where the Wild Branch can adjust without the confines of bridges, roads and houses.  The 1995 floods were intense along the Wild Branch, and many house and bridges were severely damaged.  Letting the Wild Branch flood in undeveloped areas helps reduce the pressure on important infrastructure.

Directions:  Take Vermont Route 15 (east from Morrisville or west from Hardwick) to Wolcott.  Turn north onto North Wolcott Road, property is located 2 miles from Rt. 15, on the right (east) of the North Wolcott Rd.

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