Green River Meadows

Name of Project:  Green River Meadows                     

Location:  Guilford, VT

River: Green River

Type of Project: River Corridor and Public Access Easement

Public Access: Yes

Date Completed: March, 2021

Size:   17.7 acres

Water Frontage: 4,183 feet

Landowner: Vermont Riverlands, LLC

Funding Partners:  Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust, VT Agency of Natural Resources (Ecosystem Restoration Program), Steve and Linda Lembke, the Green River Village Preservation Trust, and the generous support of many local donors

Property Description:  The Green River Meadows property is aptly named, as the site is mostly open field, and is bordered on one side by the meandering Green River lined with mature trees and with a relief of rolling green hills in the background. The site formerly housed a commercial auto salvage yard and at one point was nearly covered with cars and car parts.. Vermont River Conservancy saw the value of this property as an important area for the river to spread out and flood during heavy rain events, and thus took on this project to restore the meadow to an active floodplain while also providing public access to the beautiful Green River.

Project Background:  Located in the quaint town of Guilford, the Green River Meadows is one of many beautiful parcels along the Green River. Vermont River Conservancy was alerted by local residents who were concerned that the prior and long-time existence of a car salvage yard on this site was having a negative impact on the health of the Green River as it flowed through the meadow.

Studies through the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation showed these concerns were valid, and VRC stepped in to begin the process of cleaning up the site and restoring it to a functioning, healthy floodplain. Additionally, given the property’s close proximity to a popular swimming hole, VRC also saw the importance of protecting public access to this spot for people to enjoy on a hot summer’s day. This section of the river offers gentle, shaded and shallow pools perfect for cooling your feet off on a hot day, or searching for macroinvertebrates under smoothed rocks.

Directions:  Latitude, Longitude of access point: 42,769, -72.663

Green Mountain Meadows is located at 741 River Road in Guilford. From I-91 Exit 1 in Brattleboro, take US Rte. 5 1.3 miles and turn right on Guildford Center Road. In 4.6 miles turn right on Jacksonville Stage Road. In 2.5 miles, just after the covered bridge, turn left on River Road. The easement begins about 0.6 miles south of this turn, on the left side of River Road. The River comes close to the road here and ends at a similar bend to the south, with road and river forming west and east boundaries. An access gate is located about 0.1 miles south of the right-side residential drive to 628 River Road.

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