Welcome to the web site of the Wild and Scenic River Study 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 considered for inclusion under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
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This web site provides information on the Wild and Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in Vermont.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 Study 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.More > Committee
Meetings of the Study Committee take place on the third Thursday of each month usually at 7 pm. Locations vary. Notices and Agendas are posted here.More > Meetings
Minutes of the Meetings of the Study Committee are posted here.More > Meetings / Minutes
The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Study is always looking for photos of the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers. We will be sure to give you photo credit for your submissions. Send any digital photos to the contact information below.
Winners of our photo contests will be featured on our website and in our newsletters. Digital copy may be emailed to info[at]vtwsr[dot]org Please include information about where the photo was taken, and give your name for photo credits.
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This page last updated April 11, 2013
Berkshire, Enosburgh/Enosburg Falls, Montgomery, Richford, Troy/North Troy, and Westfield all voted Yes to support petitioning Congress to include the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Lowell did not support designation at their Town Meeting vote today.
Many thanks to all of the Study Committee members who worked to get information to their communities so that they could make an informed decision about designation.
We will discuss next steps at our March 21, 2013 Study Committee Meeting in Richford.
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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
Click this link to see the VIDEO of the
Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers
Wild and Scenic Study.
Listen to an MP3 File of Shana Stewart Deeds being interviewed by Jane Lindholm on Vermont Edition on VPR this past Wednesday, February 27, 2013 as they discussed Wild and Scenic designation as one of the interesting articles up for vote at Town Meeting this March.
Join us from 5-6 pm at the Enosburgh Emergency Services Building this Thursday, February 28, 2013 for an Open House. Come and ask any questions you may have or find out more about designation prior to the Town Meeting vote.
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Wild and Scenic River Study Committee
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 7 PM
Place: Lowell Town Clerk's Office
Town/Village: Lowell, VT
Directions: Next to the Lowell Graded School on Route 100 in Lowell.
Agenda: Budget, Congressional Reports, Study Committee logistics as we move forward.
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The 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. 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
VOTE ON WILD AND SCENIC DESIGNATION: At the March 2013 Town Meetings, the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Study is bringing the following article to vote in nine municipalities in the Study area (Berkshire, Richford, Enosburgh, Enosburg Falls, Montgomery, Troy, North Troy, Westfield, and Lowell): To see if the voters of the Town of X will petition the Congress of the United States of America that the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers be designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers with the understanding that such designation would be based on the locally-developed rivers Management Plan and would not involve federal acquisition or management of lands.
As you can see, designation would be based on the voluntary management plan, draft above. We want each community to make an informed vote, so please send questions about designation either to your local representative on the Study Committee or the Study Coordinator (contact info below).
Check back for a short video on the website detailing benefits of Wild and Scenic designation of these rivers.
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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