VRC Protects Village and Fishing on the Dog River

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy and Joseph and Deborah Zuaro of Northfield recently worked together to establish a River Corridor Easement on 8.7 acres of the Zuaro’s farm land along the Dog River, thanks to a grant from the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation. This easement was completed in October 2014, and helps ensure the conserved area will always be an undeveloped, active floodplain – improving water quality and fish habitat in the Dog River and reducing future flood risks to the downstream Village of Northfield.

The Zuaro property is mostly productive hay fields bordering the Dog River – a State renowned brown trout fishery. A small section of the protected property supports a White Pine and Hemlock forest. The River Corridor Easement will increase the woody vegetation buffering the river, ensuring the Dog River is a welcoming home for brown and rainbow trout, and the anglers and recreationalists who enjoy this river.

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