Project Listing

Huntington River Conservation Partnership

Annual water quality monitoring of the Huntington River, focused on e.coli and public notification during the swimming/recreation season. Volunteers coordinate and sample 13+ sites in the watershed weekly, with monthly samples at mouths of major tributaries. Samples are processed by Vt. DEC Larosa Lab under a Larosa Partnership Grant. Results are reported back to residents and those interested via an email distribution list and a website.

A Cabin for Tinmouth

The Town of Tinmouth owns a parcel of land on the west slope of Tinmouth Mountain in an area known locally as The Purchase. There was a falling-down hunting camp on the property that long-time Tinmouth resident Marshall Squier thought should be saved or rebuilt. The camp was located near the top of the mountain on the Tinmouth Purchase Loop Trail and had long been used by hunters, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and hikers as a lunch spot and refuge from the weather.

Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife

Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife is a nonprofit organization designed to engage and educate landowners and others about sound forest management and wildlife stewardship. Started in 1985 by the VT Extension Forester with seed money from the Ruffed Grouse Society the program became an independent entity in 1993. The mission of the organization is to enlist Vermont landowners in a long-term commitment to maintain and enhance diverse wildlife habitat and healthy ecosystems. The primary program is a residential 3-day workshop offered twice a year to interested landowners and others.

Dam Removals on the Wells River

The Connecticut River Watershed Council and partners removed two (2) old mill dams on the Wells River in Groton, VT opening 34 miles of stream for aquatic organism passage. The upper Wells River is a great Brook trout stream and now those fish and other critters can swim freely throughout the upper watershed. Dam removals such as these allow fish to seek cooler waters during the heat of the summer, and provide miles of suitable spawning habitat. In addition our rivers become more flood resilient when these old, man-made structures are removed.

VLT conservation easements in Greensboro

Since 2004, in every year but one, the Greensboro Conservation Commission (GCC) has obtained a $2,000 appropriation from Town Meeting for the Greensboro Conservation Fund. Beginning in 2008, the GCC has recommended to the Selectboard allocations from this fund to support projects of the Vermont Land Trust comprising conservation easements (CEs) on agricultural or forest lands in Greensboro. For these projects the Selectboard has approved allocations ranging from $2,000 to $12,000.

St. Albans Main Street Revitalization

In 2009 the city of St. Albans started developing a master plan for the redesign and revitalization of Main Street which included Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI). This redesign included new sidewalks, street lamps, roadways, and tree planting alongside Main Street. The city broke ground in October 2012 after many years of developing a vision and creating a master plan. The master plan was a collaboration of public and private sector individuals with various experiences addressing the redesign.

Mad River Watch

Since 1985 the Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch program has been monitoring water quality in parts ofacross the Mad River Watershed. Every summer from June to August volunteers have dedicated their time by collecting various water quality samples. Currently, volunteers from the Friends of Mad River, FMR, go to several locations on the river about every other Monday for six Mondays through the summer to collect water temperature, pH and E.coli at 36 sites. These sites locations vary are located along the mainstream, several tributaries, and popular swimming holes.

Culvert Replacement

Since Tropical Storm Irene, replacing undersized and outdated culverts have been a reoccurring conversation. The Friends of the Mad River along with federal, state, private, and municipal partners have recently installed two new culverts in central Vermont. Both these projects were highly collaborative, spanning multiple years. With planning, designing, permitting, and constructing, these projects took hundreds of hours of time and resources. Each culvert, one in Fayston, VT and one in New Warren, VT, were undersized, eroded and damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.

Formation of the Friends of the Winooski River

The Friends of the Winooski River began in 1998 when members of the Winooski Watershed Association wanted to focus their efforts on projects that would directly affect water quality issues. These members formed the Friends of the Winooski River, FWR, with the goals “to reduce pollution, improve habitat, increase river stability and encourage passive and sustainable enjoyment of the river”. FWR is a non-profit volunteer group that works out of Montpelier, Vermont.

Burlington Community Tree Nursery

Branch Out Burlington! (BOB!) was formed in 1996 with a mission to “promote a vision of city grace by a variety of beautiful and healthy trees, and a citizenry actively involved with the preservation of their urban forest”. BOB! is a volunteer group with various outreach programs including education forums, an Awesome Tree Contest, tree walks, a Tree Keeper program, and the Burlington Community Tree Nursery. Branch Out Burlington! encourages citizens to take care of and appreciate Burlington’s urban forest with year round, hands-on programs.

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