In the heart of Vermont’s northern forest, we seek to secure a parcel along the Nulhegan River adjacent to conserved lands, remove dilapidated structures, and complete site restoration. This will augment conservation connectivity, restore riparian habitat, clean-up the riverfront, and create new opportunities for all-access recreation (day and overnight).
Purchasing and restoring the parcel will:
- Enhance connectivity and improve habitat. The parcel is adjacent to a wildlife-rich 73-acre parcel protected by Vermont River Conservancy that includes 3 ½ miles of river, community trails, and a timber-framed hut affiliated with the Vermont Hut Association network. Post acquisition and clean-up, we’ll restore a native riparian buffer through plantings important for fish, birds, and wildlife.
- Provide safe, welcoming recreation opportunities for all. Visitors to adjacent conservation lands share consistent feedback: the dilapidated structures and trash on this property make them feel unwelcome and unsafe. Purchasing and cleaning-up this parcel will support a more inclusive experience for those exploring this special place.
- Increase accessibility. This conservation project will allow for development of future accessible amenities such as a river overlook, viewpoint, river access trail, a new hut for overnight stays allowing people with a range of abilities to connect with the Nulhegan River.