Progress

Spring is here and students are doing conservation and restoration of Vermont’s rivers and lakes

In conjunction with the Ecosystem Restoration Program, the Watershed Management Division (WSMD) will be overseeing or partnering in numerous watershed protection and restoration projects this year. This week, projects got started early in Rutland County, where high school students from the Stafford Technical Center’s forestry program teamed up with the Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District, Green Mountain Power, and many other partners as part of Vermont’s “Trees for Streams” project. Here, the goal was to restore a badly Irene-damaged area of Mendon Brook river corridor. From the field, WSMD’s watershed coordinator Ethan Swift took a break from his shovel-work to report this one-day event, where students re-planted a two-acre stretch of river corridor along a 1/3rd mile, with over 1,000 trees. It is great to see student involvement, and the Rutland team is but one example of similar work taking place statewide.

Students from the Stafford Technical Center re-establishing a riparian buffer. In the immediate background is the instructor, Mark Raishard, of the Stafford Tech Forestry and Natural Resource Program at Rutland High School.

Students from the Stafford Technical Center re-establishing a riparian buffer. In the immediate background is the instructor, Mark Raishart, of the Stafford Tech Forestry and Natural Resource Program at Rutland High School.