4th river corridor easement on the Wild Branch completed

Monday, October 9th, 2017

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“They don’t call it the Wild Branch for nothing” say the landowners living along its banks in Wolcott.  Historic straightening and channeling have tried to tame the Wild Branch, but instead only increased the severity of damage when stormwater from heavy rain surges down this narrow river valley.

Many significant flooding events, especially in 1995 and 2011, have caused the Wild Branch to adjust and meander throughout its corridor – the river valley – moving water and sediment with it.  Bridges and culverts are replaced or enlarged after these floods, and development rights are bought from affected landowners through FEMA, but little is done to restore the river’s natural equilibrium.

In October 2017, VRC protected 12 more acres of open field and forested river banks along the Wild Branch, the 4th such easement in 3 years.  By protecting her land with a River Corridor Easement, Ms. McCrumb is joining with other landowners who will forever allow the river to reestablish equilibrium in its natural river corridor.  In partnership with Trees for Streams and the Lamoille County Natural Resource Conservation District, native trees and shrubs have been planted along the river’s bank to increase the riparian buffer where needed.  With over 51 acres of river corridor conserved, the Wild Branch might just be a little more wild, and a little less damaging.

 

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