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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Works With Partners to Begin Riparian Restoration

Region 5, April 22, 2013
University of Vermont Wildlife Society and Professor Jed Murdoch pose during the planting event with a garter snake
University of Vermont Wildlife Society and Professor Jed Murdoch pose during the planting event with a garter snake - Photo Credit: n/a
Swanton, VT boy and cub scouts aided in the refuge tree planting event
Swanton, VT boy and cub scouts aided in the refuge tree planting event - Photo Credit: n/a

The Missiquoi NWR worked with partners and volunteers to plant 450 flood plain trees along the Missisquoi River to begin the restoration of an old field into its historic plant community. The Refuge worked with partners (The Friends of Missisquoi NWR, Missisquoi River Basin Association, The University of Vermont Wildlife Society and the Intervale Conservation Nursery) to receive a grant to purchase native flood plain tree species and plant them on the refuge. The project will begin the reforestation of 20 acres of old field along the river, reducing forest fragmentation and stabilizing eroding river banks.

 

An Earth Day planting event hosted by the refuge brought 31 volunteers out to plant trees on the refuge on the kick-off planting event for this project. Follow up plantings will occur during the early summer where shrubs will be planted along eroding river banks and a fall planting where another 500 trees will be planted.

Contact Info: Ken Sturm, 8028684781, ken_sturm@fws.gov