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Canaan Connecticut River Access Project

April 12, 2011
Canaan serves as the key gateway community for paddlers and fisherman seeking to explore the upper Connecticut River. Unfortunately, no official river access has been established. Visitors have been launching from a road built to provide access to a dry hydrant and have been parking illegally on adjacent, private land. The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) has an agreement with this landowner to acquire the 2.5 acre parcel bordering the River. This property also serves as the northern gateway to the VAST network of snowmobile trails.
Once we purchase the land, VRC plans to construct a parking lot for paddlers and snowmobile users, an official boat launch, and a kiosk that contains a map and site etiquette expectations. The organization also plan to create a riparian buffer of native species, providing wildlife habitat and protecting water quality. VRC will then convey the parcel to the town of Canaan and retain a conservation easement for public access. VRC is seeking contributions to help reach their goal. All supporters will be acknowledged in the media, online, at a kiosk installed at the access, and in other ways, unless you indicate otherwise.
Thank you for considering supporting this project. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated!Canaan serves as the key gateway community for paddlers and fisherman seeking to explore the upper Connecticut River. Unfortunately, no official river access has been established.  Visitors have been launching from a road built to provide access to a dry hydrant and have been parking illegally on adjacent, private land.  The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) has an agreement with this landowner to acquire the 2.5-acre parcel bordering the River.  This property also serves as the northern gateway to the VAST network of snowmobile trails.

Thanks to support from the Tillotson Foundation, Davis Foundation, Plum Creek, the Upper Connecticut Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, and individual donors, the VRC has purchased a parcel in Canaan, Vermont. Anglers and paddlers have instead been parking illegally on this privately owned land, causing increased tensions and disputes between recreationists and the landowner. The VRC is now working to developing a plan for municipal site ownership and to completion site improvements.
This spring, VRC is seeking to convey the parcel to the town of Canaan and retain a conservation easement for public access. VRC plans to construct a parking lot for paddlers and snowmobile users, an official boat launch, and a kiosk that contains a map and site etiquette expectations this summer.  We also plan to create a riparian buffer of native species, providing wildlife habitat and protecting water quality.
Consider supporting this project.  Your contributions will be greatly appreciated! All supporters will be acknowledged in the media, online, at a kiosk installed at the access, and in other ways, unless you indicate otherwise.  Donations are accepted online or by mail.
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