Welch River Corridor Easement

Enosburg, Vermont

Tyler 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 conservation easement protects land along the Taylor River a major tributary to the Missisquoi
Dogs not allowed
Dogs not allowed
  • Public access: No
Welch River Corridor Easement Enosburg, Vermont Tyler Branch

Welch River Corridor Easement

Much of the land near the Missisquoi River is farmed, and it’s no different here. To get the most out of farmland, it can be tempting to till right up to the river’s edge, which is what used to happen here. It’s also tempting to straighten-out the riverbanks and try to control the river’s channel. But when farmers don’t let trees and shrubs grow along the riverbank, and when a river is forced to run straight and fast, the soil washes away. The extra sand and gravel — not to mention farm runoff like manure — is bad for downstream fish, wildlife, and people that rely on clean water.

Vermont River Conservancy worked with the farmers here to add an easement along the Taylor Branch, right before it flows into the Missisquoi River. This easement will make sure the Tyler Branch can reclaim its meanders — the kinds of curving arcs that slow water and reduce erosion. It also makes sure trees and shrubs will be able to grow up along the edge of the river. All together, it’s good for the farmer, good for wildlife, and good for communities downstream.

Conservation Details

  • River: Tyler Branch
  • Acreage: 19.20
  • River frontage (ft): 3,785

Funding Partners

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

  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources River Management Program

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