The Big Picture

Think of all we value in the landscapes that enfold us here in southwestern Vermont:

  • Our streams, rivers and lakes - the clean waters they transport, the opportunities for recreation they provide, the organisms (trout! loons!) that live in them.
  • The forests that cloak our Green Mountains and Taconics - the natural areas and wildlife habitats they represent, the clean air and dark skies they protect, the timber and other resources they offer.
  • Our working farms - the fresh and healthy products of all kinds they make available to us, the agricultural economy they sustain, the scenic vistas they preserve.

The Bennington County Conservation District works to conserve them all, for all of us.

IN THE NEWS

BCCD Receives Grant to Assist Town of Rupert Restore Stream Along Route 315
The Bennington County Conservation District (BCCD) has been awarded an $11,498 grant from the Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) to assist the Town of Rupert repair a stretch of severely eroded stream bed and bank along the south side of Route 315. Much of the work was completed in late September, 2014.

The deeply eroded stream bed and banks were a significant source of sediment pollution in Mill Brook and White Creek downstream. They were protected with blasted stone, arranged irregularly to provide roughness and lessen the stream’s erosive force. A series of V-shaped rock weirs were also arrayed at several locations, from bank to bank, to help dispel the energy of flowing water. Staff and volunteers from the Conservation District will return in the spring to plant the high bank edges with willow stakes.

The project was designed by Fitzgerald Environmental Associates (EAF) of Colchester. EAF completed a River Corridor Plan for the Mill Brook and White Creek watersheds in Rupert in 2013. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Vermont Stream Alteration Permits were secured before work began. The Town of Rupert road crew provided construction expertise and some equipment. The ERP grant helped cover the costs of rock and renting an additional piece of equipment. Merck Forest and Farmland Center, which owns the south bank, was a partner in the project.

For more information on the Ecosystem Restoration Program or the state's River Corridor Planning initiative, visit the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Join our Book Club

Members of the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium steering committee invite you to join our "book club." Every other month, one of us will pull from a hat the title of an article or book suggested by a member of the group. We'll all read that item and discuss it at the next meeting. We invite you to read what we're reading, and to comment via an e-mail or on the Bennington County Conservation District Facebook page.

Anything from the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. See: www.hubbardbrook.org

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