Adopt a Trail

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Want to help look after a property we manage? We are looking for volunteers to help us look after these properties:

  • Mill River Falls, Georgia, VT
  • Butternut Hill Natural Area, North Hero, VT
  • Alburgh Lakeshore Park, Alburgh, VT
  • Upper La Platte River Natural Area, Shelburne, VT – ADOPTED
  • Round Pond Natural Area, South Hero, VT – ADOPTED
  • Rossetti Beach Natural Area, Colchester, VT – ADOPTED
  • Eagle Mountain Natural Area, Milton, VT – ADOPTED
  • Porter Natural Area, Colchester, VT – ADOPTED
  • Split Rock Mountain, Westport, NY – ADOPTED

Contact us if you would like more information on a specific property or what adopting a trail means at office@lclt.org.

Volunteer’s Perspective

 Niquette Bay State Park photo courtesy of Lake Champlain Land Trust

Delighted you have done so many interesting hikes for all ages and families… Thank you for what you do.

– Susan Alden

Photo of the Week – Stephanie Hanyes

Kayaks on Rock Island in Porter, VT Photo by Stephanie Haynes

Kayaks on Rock Island in Porter, VT
Photo by Stephanie Haynes

Photo of the Week – Stephanie Haynes

Butternut Beach

Shale beach at Butternut Hill Natural Area
by Stephanie Haynes

 

Photo of the Week – Stephanie Haynes

Rossetti Beach Bridge

The bridge to the beach at Rossetti Beach Natural Area
by Stephanie Haynes

Restoring the River

Everyone can do something to help protect water quality on their land! We have started a demonstration area at the newly conserved Upper La Platte River Natural Area to show visitors some easy steps they can take to ensure that their local waterways are as healthy as possible. Our first step was to take a riverside area that had been cleared and plant it with Red Osier Dogwoods.

Check out the transformation:

Upper La Platte River Natural Area Red Osier Dogwood Planting BEFORE

 

Without strong vegetation holding its banks in place, this land was in danger of erosion and flood damage as the river rose, fell, iced over, and thawed. Also, invasive species such as Poison Parsnip could take over without larger native plants to shade them out.

Upper La Platte River Natural Area restoration Midway

We chose Red Osiers because they are beautiful, native shrubs that prefer moist soils, and thus are often found growing on Vermont riverbanks. In the next few years, these shrubs will fill up this area and provide habitat and food for wildlife.

Upper La Platte River Natural Area Red Osier Dogwood Riverside Restoration Planting AFTER

Thanks to the volunteers who helped us restore the riverbank. (And thanks to the Vermont Zen Center for their continued support of our restoration plans). Volunteers, from left: Zen Center volunteer coordinator Ti’an Callery, Louise Piche, intern Rory Shamlian, Cameron Edsun, Lake Champlain Land Trust Executive Director Chris Boget.

 

Land Conservation Success Stories

Bob and Ann Buermann love their property, Paradise Bay Farm. Bob grew up here, and they’d raised their family here. They walked in the woods and had great memories of spring walks every year. In the winter, they snowshoe and cross-country ski in the woods and fields.

View from Paradise Bay FarmBut something was missing.

What would happen to this land when they needed to sell it? How could they make sure that the beautiful wooded hillsides and rolling meadows–and all that it had done for their family to build a sense of peace, community, and joy–would be available for other families in the future?

For Bob and Ann, the answer was to conserve their land. “We consider ourselves caretakers more than landowners and wanted to ensure the land and views are available for future generations to actively use,” noted Bob. “The staff at the Lake Champlain Land Trust helped us meet that goal, so even if our family eventually sells the land, there will never be houses, just open fields with lake and mountain views.”

Learn more about how to conserve your land here. Read another land conservation success story about Ellie Russell here.

Protect waterways, Protect the lake

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Every Wednesday evening, now until the end of July, we will be joining our partners for free concerts and water education games on Church Street in downtown Burlington to raise awareness for protecting Lake Champlain’s water quality. Join our table to make your own buffer zone and learn what every one can do to help protect Lake Champlain’s waterways.

The Connecting the Drops Concert series was organized by Becky Tharp of the UVM Sea Grant program to draw attention to the issues and solutions surrounding water quality and storm water.  You may have already seen the 18 rain barrels decorated by local artists and displayed up and down Church and College Streets.

For more information and a calendar of events go to the Let it Rain website.