Nop River Corridor Easement

Name of Project: Nop River Corridor Easement

Location: Brandon VT

River: Neshobe River

Type of Project: River Corridor Easement

Public Access: No

Date Completed: March 2013

Size:   26.4 acres

Water Frontage:      3,300’

Landowner: Warren, William and John Nop

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

Property Description:  A small wooded section borders both banks of the Neshobe River, and the remaining acreage is open floodplain.  Once active cropland, this field has been abandoned due to excessive flooding and is growing up again in forested land.             

Project Background:  Extensively flooded during tropical storm Irene, the Nop brothers found these crop fields almost impossible to keep farming.  As this photo shows, the Neshobe created large flood chutes to release its energy after descending the steep slopes of the Greens and entering the low gradient river valley.  Located adjacent to the Dilts property, also conserved by VRC – these two conserved parcels will help ensure the Neshobe has open land to flood so the river’s energy can dissipate before entering the downstream village of Brandon.

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