Welcome to the web site of the Wild and Scenic River Committee of the Upper Missisquoi River and Trout River.
The Upper Missisquoi River and the Trout River are the first two rivers in Vermont to be designated under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
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This web site provides information about the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in Vermont and the National Wild + Scenic Rivers System.More > The Study
Please see the supplement from our January 2010 minutes for more information on Wild and Scenic Designation. This supplement is comprised of the notes our coordinator took at our January meeting of the presentation by National Park Service staff on the implications of designation. Link to Supplement.
The Wild and Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers formally commenced in September 2009 with the inaugural meeting of the locally-based Study Committee. The formation of this committee was the first critical step of the study process.
The membership of the Committee consists primarily of local residents of the towns within the study area. Read about the committee members.More > Committee
Shana Stewart Deeds was hired in January 2010 as the Study Coordinator. Read about Shana.
Lindsey Wight was hired as Coordinator in November 2015 to replace Shana Stewart Deeds. Read about Lindsey.More > Committee
Meetings of the Wild and Scenice Rivers Committee take place on the third Thursday of each month, usually at 7 pm. Locations vary.
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Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Rivers Committee
Date: May 19, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Place: Berkshire Elementary School,
4850 Watertower Road
Town/Village: Richford, VT 05476
Directions: About 4 miles up Route 118 north from the junctions with Route 105; the building is on the left. Turn into the first driveway.
Agenda: Follow the link >>> Link to Agenda.More > Meetings
Minutes of the Meetings of the Committee are posted here.More > Meetings / Minutes
Directory of pages on this website.More > Site Map
This page last updated May 14, 2016
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Upper Missisquoi + Trout Rivers in Vermont receive National Wild and Scenic designation
Designation legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and co-sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), while Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the measure in the House. The U.S. House passed the legislation in September 2014 and the U.S. Senate passed the bill in December 2014. Our bill for the designation of the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as National Wild and Scenic Rivers was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 19, 2014. Because of our local Committee volunteers, partnership organizations, Congressional delegation, Congressional staff and all those who worked tirelessly to designate the first rivers in Vermont as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, we are celebrating this designation in a series of events beginning June 6,2015.
Since the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers are now federally designated as Wild and Scenic, a local Advisory Committee will be established. This Committee will be made up of official appointees chosen by the Town Selectboards and Village Trustees and include partnerships with interested organizations and citizens who choose to attend (in much the same way that the Study Committee was established). The Advisory Committee will use the voluntary Management Plan (found at www.vtwsr.org) as a road map following designation, and work toward goals and recommendations included in the Plan.
The goal of the Advisory Committee will be to use the Management Plan as a framework to encourage local, state and federal planning to take the Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) for which the rivers were designated into consideration, and make decisions which protect the resources of the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers. One of the most important roles of the post designation Advisory Committee will be to serve as a communication and coordination body bringing together municipalities and key partners on a regular and ongoing basis to promote good decision making regarding the Rivers. The Committee will not have a regulatory role, but will utilize its funding to undertake projects directly, and in partnership with local partners and municipalities, that meet the goals outlined in the Management Plan. With monthly meetings and activities providing a regular and reliable forum for discussion, research, and consensus building around river matters, the Committee will support good river management. If you are interested in becoming a Committee member, please contact us.
Click this link to see the VIDEO of the
Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers
Wild and Scenic Study.
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See the VPR article: Two Vermont Rivers Headed For 'Wild And Scenic' Status
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Click on this link to see a pdf file of the map of the:
Area of the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers
under study for designation
Listen to an MP3 File of Shana Stewart Deeds being interviewed by Jane Lindholm on Vermont Edition on VPR February 27, 2013 as they discussed Wild and Scenic designation as one of the interesting articles up for vote at Town Meeting this March.
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The final Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Management Plan is now available (see links below). This is a non-regulatory Plan summarizing the information collected over the three year study by the locally appointed Study Committee, illustrating examples of management success stories in our region, and encouraging the voluntary recommendations which the Study Committee feels will maintain the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in healthy condition. It may be used regardless of designation. The Study Committee met on January 17, 2013, discussed the final comments and changes suggested by community members, and revised the Plan prior to Town Meeting. The final Management Plan was available on our website prior to Town Meetings in March 2013. Hard copies of the Plan will be available in Town Clerk and Village Manager offices, and in local libraries. Should designation occur, it will be based on this locally-developed Management Plan and would not involve federal acquisition or management of lands.
Link to the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Management Plan
Link to the Study Committee Cover Letter
Link to the Executive Summary
Link to the Maps
Link to the Appendices
Latest Newsletter of the Wild and Scenic River Study
Missisquoi Visions. These are the words used to describe the vision of the Missisquoi and Trout's future by the attendees of the 11/17/11 Study Committee meeting. The larger the word, the more time it was mentioned by attendees.
Burgess Branch in Winter