Volunteers pitch in for floodplain protection


SAXTONS RIVER — Earlier this month The Saxtons River Watershed Collaborative organized a riparian buffer tree planting along the Saxtons River along with its partners the Windham County Natural Resource Conservation District, The Town of Grafton, Grafton Elementary School, and Vermont DEC.

With shovels in hand, 53 community volunteers, Grafton town representatives, and students and staff from Grafton Elementary School planted native trees and shrubs on a Grafton town owned property.

This planting represents a culmination of many years of hard work to restore this Tropical Storm Irene damaged property back into productive floodplain habitat. By planting native trees and shrubs, the buffer will help reduce future erosion and flooding in high-water events.

In addition to the support from the project partners, this project was also assisted with donations of services, equipment, and materials by MJS Lawn Care and Landscape and Ivor Stevens Grounds Maintenance. Additional plants were donated Noralee Hall and Pat and Peter Jeziorski. Volunteers from the town of Grafton include neighbors Cathy Siano-Goodwin, Kirk Goodwin, and Craig Moore as well as Meg Gonzales, Chris Tole, Cynthia Gibbs, Joshe Hearne, Danny Taylor and Sam Battaglino. The Grafton Elementary School third through sixth grade students and school staff got their hands in the dirt helping to plant the trees and shrubs.

The Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District is developing stream-side buffer plantings for this coming fall and next spring. If you would like to have a parcel evaluated for participation in an upcoming planting, contact the WCNRCD at #802-689-3024 or email windhamcountynrcd@gmail.com.



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