Selawsky River Corridor Easement

Wolcott, Vermont

Wild Branch

Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Conservation land, not open to the public. Please respect private landowners.
A protected area where the river will always be able to bend and meander across the land, creating healthy wildlife habitat and slowing flood water to keep downstream communities safe
Dogs not allowed
Dogs not allowed
  • Public access: No
Selawsky River Corridor Easement Wolcott, Vermont Wild Branch

Selawsky River Corridor Easement

In 1995, the Wolcott community witnessed the power of the Wild Branch River — and the effects of generations of attempts to force the river into a single channel — when flood waters destroyed houses, bridges, sections of road. In response, Vermont River Conservancy worked with the Selawsky family and several other neighbors along the Wild Branch River to protect several sections of the river corridor — not by forcing the river into channels, but by allowing the river to curve, meander, flow, and flood across undeveloped land.

The Selawsky family can continue to farm, and 17 acres and 2,200 feet of river frontage are protected on the Wild Branch, a tributary to the Lamoille River in Wolcott VT. The result? High quality riverside habitat, slowed water that decreases flood damage, shrubs and trees along the riverbank that help keep soil in place, more moisture absorbed into the ground to mitigate drought, and cleaner water flowing into the Lamoille River and Lake Champlain.

Conservation Details

  • River: Wild Branch
  • Acreage: 17.00
  • River frontage (ft): 2,265

Funding Partners

This project made possible thanks to the support and partnership of:

  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Program

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