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Introduction / Overview

Welcome to the web site of the Wild and Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi River and Trout River.

Missisquoi River, Richford, VT - Photo by Rolf Anderson

Listen to Jane Lindholm interview Shana Stewart Deeds about the Upper Missisquoi River and Trout River on VPR.NET, aired June 4, 2015


National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

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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More > Visit our Wild and Scenic Blog to see more FAQs and to ask your own questions

More > Visit our Outstandingly Remarkable Resources (ORV) Blog to find out more about ORVs


Upper Missisquoi River
& Trout River Study

This web site provides information on the Wild and Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in Vermont.

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Designation FAQs

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.


Study Committee

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.

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Study Coordinator

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.

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Meetings of the Study Committee took place on the third Thursday of each month, usually at 7 pm. Locations varied throughout the study area.

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Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Rivers Committee

Next Meeting

Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Place: Lowell Town Hall
Town/Village: Lowell, VT 05847
Directions: 2170 Vermont Route 100

Agenda:  Follow the link >>> Link to Agenda.

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Minutes of the Meetings of the Study Committee are posted here.

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Photo Contest

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.

2011 Wild & Scenic Photo Contest Winners


Site Map

Directory of pages on this website.

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This page last updated February 09, 2016

Latest News

Click this link to see the VIDEO of the
Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers
Wild and Scenic Study

No longer accepting applications for the Coordinator Position:

Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee and Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA)

The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee along with the Missisquoi River Basin Association are seeking a shared full time (30-40 hours per week) Coordinator. The duties of the Coordinator are two-fold. The Wild and Scenic Coordinator will organize the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, facilitate the implementation of the Upper Missisquoi River and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Management Plan (March 2013, see link below) and Wild and Scenic designation, and coordinate activities to promote, protect and enhance the designated rivers and their resources.

The MRBA Coordinator will manage all programs of the Missisquoi River Basin Association, including managing MRBA's water sampling program, recruiting volunteers for workdays, organizing meetings/events, writing reports, etc. The Coordinator will write and administer grants and conduct other fundraising to support the programs of the two organizations. The successful candidate will have education and experience in water resources, grant writing, fund raising and community engagement with varied stakeholders. The position will be located within the Missisquoi watershed with potential to work at a home office. The position is independent and flexible but will require some evening and weekend hours. Pay is $20-$25 per hour dependent upon experience; no benefits are provided. Equal Opportunity Employers. For more information, including job descriptions, please go to www.nrpcvt.com. Send resume and references by September 1, 2015 to Coordinator, c/o Northwest Regional Planning Commission, 75 Fairfield Street, St. Albans VT 05478 or by e-mail to mrba@pshift.com.

The full position description for the Wild and Scenic Coordinator position may be found here: VTWSR Coordinator Description August 23, 2015

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Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Designation Celebration, Saturday, June 6, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, 2015 national, regional, state, and local officials will come together with local community members to celebrate the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as Vermont's first rivers to be added to the prestigious national Wild and Scenic River network. The event coincides with National Trails Day, and the Northern Forest Canoe Trails 15th Anniversary and will include over 25 exhibits highlighting the unique natural resources, cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of these Vermont rivers.

The ceremony is a collaboration between the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Missisquoi River Basin Association, and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission of Vermont. The ceremony program will be between 12:30-1:30 with live music, and complimentary Vermont food and beverages between 11-2 at the Abbey 6212 VT-105, Enosburg Falls, VT. For more information, please visit www.CelebrateTheMissisquoi.com or contact Rob Center, Event Director, at Rob@NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org

Here is a link to the Official Press Release.Celebration Press Release

Here is a link to the invitation to the Celebration.Celebration Invitation

Here is a link to the Celebration poster.Celebration Poster

Here is a link to the 2015 Event + Speaker Series.Event + Speaker Series

Here is a link to more information.Events

Celebrate The Missisquoi
Join us for a summer of events scheduled along the Missisquoi River. See you along the river!

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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.

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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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Link to the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic River Study Report

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


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