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.