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In this Update
      29th Annual Tree Sale Set for April 28
      Trout Sale Announced
      WNRCD Says Farewell to Long Time Board Member
      "Let it Rain" Project to Launch This Spring
      Got Buffers?
      Living in Harmony with Streams

     Upcoming Stormwater Workshop

29th Annual Tree Sale Set for April 28
The wait is finally over!  We just updated our website with information about this year's Tree and Shrub Sale.  We have coordinated this sale for the past 28 years as a way to promote the planting of trees and shrubs throughout the District.  We are extremely excited to again offer a diverse selection of species including northern white cedar, black birch, hackberry, strawberry, currant, and witchhazel to name a few.  Be sure to check out our Tree Sale page for all the details.  Pre-orders are due March 30.  Purchased trees must be picked up on April 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at our Berlin and Williston offices.  Volunteers are needed on the day of the sale and the Thursday before.  Please contact Lisa Coven at lisa.coven@vt.nacdnet.net to sign up.

Trout Sale Announced
In addition to our Annual Tree Sale, we will also be hosting a Spring Trout Sale.  We are happy to provide landowners with the opportunity to purchase brook and rainbow trout directly through the District. And, because we order in bulk, we can provide these fish at very low cost.  Folks who are interested in purchasing trout should head over to our Trout Sale page.  We will be taking orders until April 20.  Smaller fish must be picked up on May 6 at Rusty Parker Memorial Park in Waterbury, Vermont.  Larger fish will be delivered directly to ponds that same day.  
 
WNRCD Says Farewell to Long Time Board Supervisor
Tom Bushey, a resident of Shelburne and long time farmer, recently retired from the WNRCD Board.  Tom was a board member since 1980 and was a valued member of the District.  We thank him for his many years of service and wish him all the best. 


Tom's retirement leaves an open position on our Board of Supervisors.  Board members must live within the area they represent (Chittenden County, Washington County, and the Towns of Orange, Washington, and Williamstown) and own one or more acres of land.  Board Supervisors are responsible for setting policy and program direction for the Conservation District.  Specific responsibilities include attending one monthly Board meeting, plus additional meetings and regional conservation events.  Supervisors do not receive a salary, however they are paid per diem plus expenses.

Interested individuals must submit a petition with no less than 25 signatures (also owning one or more acres of land and living within the District boundaries) to Justin Kenney, District Manager; Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District; 617 Comstock Road, Suite 1, Berlin, VT 05602.  Petition forms may be picked up at the Winooski NRCD office at 617 Comstock Road, Suite 1, Berlin, VT or 1193 South Brownell Road, Suite 35, Williston, VT from 9:00am and 4:00pm.  Petitions can also be downloaded here.  The deadline for petitions is February 28, 2012.  For more information, call (802) 828-4493 x113.

 "Let it Rain" Project to Launch This Spring 
 WNRCD recently secured funding from the Ecosystem Restoration Program to support a project aimed at reducing and/or treating stormwater runoff from impervious areas such as rooftops and driveways.  Landowners in the Lake Champlain Basin may be eligible to receive technical and financial assistance for the implementation of a variety of conservation practices such as rain barrels, rain gardens, cisterns, buffer strips, and pervious driveways.  Our goal is to treat a minimum of 25,000 square feet of impervious area over the course of the next year.  Stormwater runoff is of rising concern in Vermont, especially in our urban areas.  Improperly managed stormwater can lead to erosion and sedimentation, increased pollutant loads, compromises to quality habitat, and increased flooding.  We are encouraging landowners to take advantage of this opportunity to get involved.  We'll post more details on our website as they come.

Got Buffers?
The Winooski River is one of the most significant rivers in Vermont being 90 miles long and draining roughly 10% of the land area of Vermont.  It is home to a diverse population of fish, wildlife, and plant species and provides multiple societal benefits to hundreds of thousands of Vermonters.  Unfortunately, the Winooski is also a significant source of sediment and phosphorous into Lake Champlain.  Assessments in a number of tributaries and along the main stem have shown compromised reach stability, increasing bank erosion, degraded habitat, and reductions in water quality value.  
 
One of the causes of this is a lack of suitable riparian buffers along the Winooski River and its tributaries.  Although the Winooski Watershed is roughly 70% forested, the majority of that land is located in the outer reaches of the watershed.  A good portion of the Winooski and its tributaries lies directly adjacent to urban and agricultural lands.  Historically, these lands have negatively impacted buffers by either limiting their extent or removing them completely.  This has lead to a number of issues within the watershed as well as the lake.

We are actively reaching out to landowners who have an interest in establishing or enhancing a vegetated buffer.  If you or someone you know lacks a suitable buffer, please give us a call as we'd love to discuss options with you.  Depending on your location, we may have funding available to cover most or all of the costs associated with purchasing and installing plants along your waterway


Living in Harmony with Streams
We are pleased to announce the release of  Living in Harmony with Streams: A Citizen's Handbook to How Streams Work.   This handbook describes the natural processes of streams and how human development and actions impact those processes.  It also describes the Vermont Rivers Program, stream geomorphic assessments, and corridor planning. 

This project was a joint venture between the Friends of the Winooski River, White River Natural Resources Conservation District, and WNRCD.  Funding and/or technical assistance was provided by the Vermont Rivers Program, the Ecosystem Restoration Program and the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  Thank you to the Friends of the Winooski River for taking the lead on this publication. 

Upcoming Stormwater Workshop

The Chittenden County Stream Team is hosting a free workshop for Chittenden County residents on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the Milton Community Room.  The workshop will focus on low cost strategies and tips for controlling residential stormwater including rain gardens, rain barrels, natural lawn care, and cisterns.  What a great way to get ready for spring.  Call the Milton Recreation Department at (802) 893-4922 to sign up.  Visit the CCST webpage for more information.


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