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Meet our 2023 River Steward: a new friendly face out in the field

June 2, 2023

As you can imagine, summer is a busy season for us here at Vermont River Conservancy! That’s why we are so thrilled to introduce you to our 2023 River Steward, Amanda Garland.

Amanda will be a friendly face out in the field, helping us get all of the important work done on the ground. She’ll be monitoring our conservation sites, making improvements to our public access sites, and connecting directly with community members via education and hands-on volunteer opportunities! If you see Amanda while out at one of our sites this summer, be sure to say, “Hello!”


Amanda Garland smiles in front of cascade falls and spring green foliage.

Amanda Garland, Vermont River Conservancy’s 2023 River Steward

Amanda Garland, River Steward

Amanda joins VRC as River Steward for our 2023 summer season. Through the early fall, she’ll be caring for our sites via field-based easement monitoring and land stewardship projects. Amanda has a BA in Environmental Science, with an emphasis on terrestrial ecology as well as graduate-level study in conservation ethics, ecology, and natural resource management. Backed by her rich experience as a service project leader, park ranger, trails manager, and conservation educator, Amanda brings enthusiasm and a can-do sense of adventure to everything she does. She looks forward to hiking and monitoring the beautiful properties conserved through VRC, visioning how they can be best protected and utilized, and working directly with community members to engage them in hands-on work supporting our conservation goals.

Amanda is a local Vermonter who currently lives in Barre in a house that she built (and continues to improve upon) with her own two hands! She loves planting trees and gardening and has a passion for long-distance paddling. (She’s completed all but one section of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, saving the Allagash Wilderness for last!)


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