Fundraising Archive

Help Expand Public Access on the New Haven River

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Please join us in expanding public access on the New Haven River.  With your support, we can add 14.7 acres to the Bristol Flats River Access Park for permanent floodplain protection, revegetation, and public access.

  • Protect water quality. This property floods almost yearly, and its floodplain vegetation actively filters and stores sediment, nutrients and organic matter from upstream sources. The revegetating floodplain forest slows the velocity of flood waters and reduces erosion during high-water events.  Because it isn’t planted in crops, less soil and nutrients are washed downstream during flood events.  Town acquisition of these 14.7 acres will ensure that the newly-established riparian forest is protected.
  • Expand public access to the New Haven River. Once acquired, this property will be forever protected for public access.  These lands will be merged with Bristol Flats River Access to the north – a day-use area that provides a point of entry to the New Haven River for fishing, kayaking/canoeing, bird-watching, horse-back riding, walking, and recreating. Together, the parcels comprise 54 acres of floodplain forest and 3,800 feet of frontage along the New Haven River.
  • Enhance wildlife corridors. Once acquired, the vital riparian habitat for birds, amphibians and mammals will be managed for and enhanced.

Please join us in realizing these goals by donating to the acquisition of the 14.7 acres of easement lands.  We only need $5,000 – and your contribution will be matched by a $5,000 donation from the Bristol Conservation Reserve Fund, together providing local match for grant funds secured from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.  Donate Today!

Kristen Underwood (Bristol Conservation Commission), Mark Martin (Vermont Housing and Conservation Board), Lydia M Parker (Vermont River Conservancy) along the cobble river shore

Help us protect Huntington Gorge today!

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Vermont River Conservancy and the Richmond Land Trust have a rare opportunity to conserve the historic and scenic Huntington Gorge.  These special 3.3 acres include a spectacular river gorge and waterfall formed by a narrow gap in the bedrock schist underlying the Huntington River as it flows toward its confluence with the Winooski River. Over time, flowing water has sculpted the rock walls into dramatic chutes and bowls which create stunning cascades, particularly during periods of high water. The Gorge has been a home to over a century of mills, and is a popular destination for generations of Richmond residents and visitors.

Respecting the power and beauty of Huntington Gorge is vital for visitor safety and enjoyment.  Together, with your help, Vermont River Conservancy and the Richmond Land Trust plan to improve signage and trails, maintain the current uses of the site, and manage the site in conjunction with the Lower Huntington Gorge Preserve ½ mile downstream, conserved by Richmond Land Trust in 1995.

photo credit: Lou Borie

With your support, we can ensure Huntington Gorge is well managed with signage, safe trails, and sufficient parking for visitors to safely enjoy it.  With major funding from Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Town of Richmond Conservation Fund secured, help us close the gap.  You can help us preserve and manage this Vermont treasure by giving a donation today!

Huntington Gorge takes my breath away every time I visit. I’m glad it can be permanently protected and managed so future generations can enjoy its beauty like I have.”

                   ~ Patty Brushett, Richmond Resident

Keep Rainbow Rock open for all!

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Help Protect Chester’s Favorite Swimming Hole: Rainbow Rock    

Rainbow Rock

The Vermont River Conservancy seeks your support to protect public access to this community treasure—a beautiful swimming and fishing hole on the Williams River.

Located just off Green Mountain Turnpike, only a mile from the village center, Rainbow Rock is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the Williams River, play and swim with friends and family, and cool down or cast a line.Map of Rainbow Rock Parcel

VRC has been offered the opportunity to purchase Rainbow Rock and protect access forever.  We ask for your help in protecting access now.

Once protected, the Town of Chester will own the permanently protected 1.84 acre property, and residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy Rainbow Rock for generations to come.

The Vermont River Conservancy has secured most of the $50,000 in funding needed from Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and private foundations.

Now we need $2,000 by the end of August to ensure Rainbow Rock is protected forever.

Help us protect this community treasure: donate to Rainbow Rock today!

Please join this community effort to buy the land, conserve it with a public access easement, improve accessibility with natural stone steps, and ensure it is well maintained for all to enjoy.

Donate today, and plan for tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

This year’s Annual Appeal is underway, and there are many ways you can join us in protecting Vermont’s rivers:

1. Donate online, especially on “Giving Tuesday, ” December 3rd.  Your tax deductible donation will go directly to river conservation projects in 2014.

2. Mail a donation to Vermont River Conservancy, 29 Main St. Suite 11, Montpelier, VT 05602 before the new year, and help make your resolutions to protect the lands and waters you love a reality.

3. Make an honorary gift for a loved one this holiday season, and show them you care about the rivers they love.

4. Learn more about the river conservation projects we completed in 2013, and discover what projects are upstream in 2014: Sign up for our e-newsletter, and read our Featured Projects page.  Staying informed about our work can ensure you know of projects near you, and how you can get involved.

5. Contact us to learn more about Planned Giving – there are many ways you can plan for tomorrow, today!  Consider making a memorial gift, designating VRC as a beneficiary on any of your financial accounts, asking your employer if they have a matching charitable gifts program to double your donation, or leaving a bequest in your will.  These options may have significant tax benefits to you, and they certainly benefit the lands and waters of Vermont’s Rivers.

6. Forward this to a friend, and share this page with your social media contacts – tell them about all how Vermont River Conservancy is enhancing flood resiliency in Vermont and public access to our most cherished places.

7. Start thinking about your 2014 summer paddling adventures!  Buy the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail Map to see where all the great campsites are for you to enjoy between days flowing with the river.  Proceeds support the Vermont River Conservancy’s expansion of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail.

Journey’s End swimming hole now protected!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Congratulations!  With tremendous community and foundation support, “Journey’s End” swimming hole in Johnson VT is now protected for all to enjoy.

“Journey’s End” is a spectacular swimming hole and waterfall carved in the bedrock of Foote Brook, a cold water, steep stream flowing to the Lamoille River.

The land adjoining the falls was on the market as a house lot, and could have been posted with “No Trespassing” signs.  By conserving this land, VRC has permanently protected public access to the Journey’s End swimming hole, provided access for anglers to a 2,500 foot reach of Foote Brook renowned for its high quality trout habitat, and conserved 25 acres along Foote Brook containing deer yards, songbird habitat, and forested buffer which protects the ecological values of Foote Brook.

The Town of Johnson is now the long-term owner of this beautiful area, and will manage it as a natural and recreational area for Johnson residents and visitors to enjoy in all seasons.  The Vermont River Conservancy holds a conservation easement to assure that permanent access continues and that the 25 acres remain in their natural condition.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this success!  The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board provided major funding.  Additional support was provided by the Fields Pond Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation Green Mountain Fund, the Lintilhac Foundation, Rock Art Brewery, Concept 2, G.W. Tatro Construction, Johnson State College Student Government, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Access grant, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, and the VRC Canute Dalmasse Legacy Fund, along with over 120 individual donors who cherish this special place.  Thank you for joining this important effort to keep Journey’s End available for all.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Additional support for Journey’s End is welcomed to enhance the Vermont River Conservancy’s stewardship of this beautiful site in perpetuity.  Please Donate today to support our efforts to help the Town of Johnson manage this property.

JE map

VRC receives B&J award for Watersheds United VT!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

When watershed groups from all over Vermont got together after Tropical Storm Irene, what did they talk about?

Many meeting for the first time, watershed group staff and volunteers talked about how isolated they all are – working on the same issues to improve water quality and flood resiliency around the state – without even knowing what other watershed groups are doing to address the same issues!

They asked the question: how can watershed groups better communicate and collaborate to make their work easier and more effective?  They answered: a state-wide coalition of watershed groups!  Then everyone asked: How will we form a state-wide coalition?  They answered: can the Vermont River Conservancy, the only state-wide organization focused on watershed protection, help?  We answered: YES!

After months of discussing the needs of watershed groups, articulating the goals of a state-wide coalition, and approaching funders with the idea, the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation stepped forward to provide a 3-year Capacity Building grant to start Watersheds United Vermont.  With additional support from the Lintilhac Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovation and Collaboration Grant, Watersheds United Vermont is poised for a strong start.

Watersheds United VT connects community-based watershed groups in Vermont with the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to more effectively enhance and protect the health of Vermont water resources.

Vermont River Conservancy looks forward to helping launch Watersheds United by working with watershed groups and their partners around the state to support and protect the healthy watersheds we all need and love.

If interested in learning more, or applying for the Watersheds United Vermont Program Coordinator position, please email watershedsunited [at] gmail [dot] com.

Double your donation to VRC with a 2012 MATCH!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Steve Libby and Lydia Menendez in the VRC offices: "Thank you for your support!"

Throughout Vermont, the Vermont River Conservancy is employing a variety of new and innovative conservation approaches that help keep Vermont rivers open, accessible and healthy.  Partnering with local watershed groups, the VT State Department of Environmental Conservation, and landowners, VRC is increasing its reach in areas that were adversely affected by Hurricane Irene’s flooding, and planning ahead to help communities weather future storms.

VRC needs your help to continue this important work.

This year your contribution will be doubled.  A generous anonymous donor has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, any contribution made to VRC by December 31, 2012, up to a total match of $10,000.  That means if you contribute $100, your gift will become $200; a $500 gift becomes $1,000.  Larger donations will do so much more to expand our conservation work along our shorelines. 

We deeply appreciate your support in preserving Vermont’s precious rivers and streams for future generations.  See our 2012 & 2013 Featured project sheet for more information about what your support will make possible.

Make a secure online donation before December 31st, and help VRC improve flood resilience and preserve more access to all Vermont rivers.

Enosburg Falls Raffle for “Fishing Below the Falls”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

With help from artist Jim Foote and other dedicated community members, the raffle of “Fishing Below the Falls” raised over $650 dollars for the protection of over 7 acres of beautiful river lands on the Missisquoi River in Enosburg Falls for fishing and recreational access.  Congratulations to runners up N. Murphy and Ray Ferland, and the grand prize winner Gwen Hallsmith!   All raffle ticket sales directly benefit this project.

With less than $5,000 to raise, the creation of an “Enosburg River Access Park” is within reach.  Please donate today to help us conserve public access to this important fishing spot and its beautiful shorelands.

“Fishing Below the Falls” by Jim Foote

2012 Online Auction a success!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Vermont River Conservancy extends a huge THANK YOU to the sponsoring businesses who generously helped support the 2012 online auction, and all the businesses that donated items and experiences to our auction, our amazing volunteers  (Stephan, Linn, Andrea & Penny) who put it all together, and to our bidders who generously helped us raise over $6,000 to support our ongoing work protecting shore lands and access to rivers throughout Vermont.  THANK YOU ALL, we couldn’t have done it without you!

The following businesses were sponsors of our Spring 2012 Online Auction:

Capitol Copy
Maple Capital Management
Montpelier Pharmacy & Waterbury Pharmacy
First in Fitness

And thanks to the following businesses who generously donated items to our successful online auction:

Ariel’s Restaurant
Linda Marcille Silk Art
Battenkill Canoe
Betsy’s Bed & Breakfast
Billings Farm & Museum
Black Thorne Forge
Cabot Creamery
Canoe Imports
Catamount Outdoor Center
Church and Main
Clearwater Sports
Crabapple Whitewater
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Ember Photography
Farm House Tap & Grill
First in Fitness
Jim Foote Fine Art
Fitness Options
Green Mountain Hounds
Hunger Mountain Coop
John Snell Photography
Northern Lights Rock & Ice
Lopstick Outfitters
Main Street Family Dentistry
Michael’s On The Hill
Northern Woodlands Magazine
Marina Restaurant
Middlebury Mountaineer
Northern Woodlands Magazine
Orvis Rod & Reel
Positive Pie
Quimby Country
Red Hen Baking Company
Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters
Sarducci’s Restaurant
Shelburne Museum
Shelburne Vineyard
Smugglers’ Notch & ArborTrek
Stream and Brook Fly Fishing
Umiak Outfitters
Vermont Flight Academy
Vermont Horse Assisted Therapy
Vermont Life Magazine
Vermont Magazine
Wooden Boat Magazine
The Fly Rod Shop
The Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain
The Woods at Wihakowi
Upper Valley Aquatic Center

Almost conserved! Enosburg Falls River Access Park

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

As of August 2 2012, we have raised over 98% of the $189,250 necessary for protecting public access to the Missisquoi River in Enosburg Falls.  With your help we can raise the remaining $4,694 by August 15, 2012.  Several large donations and many small donations will get us to our goal.  Please donate today to help make this project a success.


A great opportunity has arisen to enhance a Healthy and Vibrant Missisquoi River Community.  Nine acres of river front land is available to create a permanently conserved river access park just south of the Enosburg Falls Bridge of Flowers and Light.  With your support, a currently “posted” property can be transformed into a seven acre public park with over 1,500 feet of river frontage.

Enosburg Falls fishing access to Trophy Trout river currently posted

Amongst many benefits, this project will:

  • Offer two affordable housing building sites to Habitat for Humanity;
  • Protect permanent public access to the Missisquoi River;
  • Restore fishing access to long-time small mouth bass habitat and to waters stocked with Trophy Trout since 2007;
  • Restore permanent access to a Northern Forest Canoe Trail put-in and take-out that will be safer and more attractive to paddlers, thus increasing river tourism and associated community benefits;
  • Create a permanent public park.

Healthy and Vibrant Missisquoi River Community depends on protecting the special places known and loved, and keeping them public treasures forever.  Every gift is important.

Enosburg Falls property map

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