Stickney River Corridor Easement

Stickney

Name of Project: Stickney River Corridor Easement

Location:    Rockingham, VT

River:    Saxton’s River

Type of Project:    River Corridor Easement

Public Access:      Yes

Date Completed:    May 2017

Size:   12.5 acres

Water Frontage:     2,300 ft

Landowner: Richard and Barabara Stickney

Property Description: 

The Saxtons River corridor has been severely altered by road encroachment and development. The Stickney parcel is one of the largest remaining undeveloped parcels of level floodplain land, where the river may meander freely and establish equilibrium. The parcel is located just upstream of the village of Saxtons River, which has experienced severe flooding and damage to infrastructure in the past – most recently from Tropical Storm Irene.  As the last remaining tract of floodplain before the river reaches the developed village center, the parcel provides significant flood hazard mitigation benefits. The shoreline is buffered with mature floodplain trees and other woody and herbaceous vegetation that reduces erosion and sedimentation and filters runoff. The parcel provides public access to a scenic section of river corridor with bedrock ledges and outcrops, shallow pools and cascades, cobble shores, and small areas of shaded sandy beaches.  A gravel driveway and ample parking, and a series of trails provide easy access to the parcel and shore.

Directions:

The property is located on Saxtons River Road. Take I-91 Exit 6 toward Rockingham, and turn left to follow Route 5 N for 0.6 miles. Continue straight onto VT 103 N, and turn left after about 450 feet to stay on VT 103 N. After about 4 miles, turn left onto Meeting House Road. After 0.4 miles, take another left onto Rockingham Hill Road.  Follow Rockingham Hill Road for 3.2 miles, and continue straight onto Pleasant Hill Road.  After 0.4 miles, turn right onto VT 121 W / Main St. / Saxtons River Road.  The Stickney parcel is located on the left, 0.7 miles from the Pleasant Hill Road intersection.  A gravel driveway leads into the property and follows the edge of the forest to a small parking area.

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