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 www.lamoilleriverpaddlerstrail.org

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.

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