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Study Coordinator

Shana Stewart Deeds was hired in January 2010 as the Study Coordinator. Shana received her Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program in 2007. She is very excited to work with the Wild and Scenic River Study Committee.

Shana's Master's thesis involved studying, and making recommendations - about the management of the invasive plant species on a military base in Rhode Island. She has lived in Vermont for about seven years, and is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has had an eclectic mix of jobs in the natural resources field including: Ecologist for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, Pittsburgh, PA, Coordinator for the Field Studies Program at Smokey House Center, Danby, VT, and Instructor at CCV Rutland and Montpelier.

Water has been a theme that has run throughout Shana's life. At an early age she could be found looking for amphibians while turning rocks in streams. More recently she has helped the Upper Otter Creek Watershed Council with water quality monitoring, conducted calling frog surveys for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), and sampled macroinvertebrates in the Otter Creek headwaters with students at Smokey House Center. Shana is excited to learn more about the unique resources of the Trout and Upper Missisquoi Rivers, and the communities through which they run.

 

Photo by Todd Lantery

Trout River by Todd Lantery

 

 

See the Meetings page for more info about Study Committee meetings which are typically the third Thursday of each month and are open to all.

 

 

Mission Statement

The Vermont Wild & Scenic Rivers Study Committee is formed of local appointees and partner organizations to evaluate Wild and Scenic Designation along the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers.

The group's mission is to facilitate the transfer of information between the ten communities through which the rivers flow (Berkshire, Town of Enosburgh, Village of Enosburg Falls, Jay, Lowell, Montgomery, Village of North Troy, Richford, Westfield, and the Town of Troy) and evaluate the potential benefits of the Wild & Scenic designation. At the end of the study in 2012-2013, we will provide an accurate assessment as to whether the rivers fit designation criteria and whether designation is supported, and make recommendations of voluntary strategies for protection of the rivers' resources. Study Committee meetings are open to the public and driven by consensus.

 

This page last updated January 28, 2013

Study Committee

The Wild & Scenic River Study Committee is formed of local appointees and partner organizations to evaluate Wild and Scenic Designation along the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers.

The group's mission is to facilitate the transfer of information between the ten communities through which the rivers flow - Berkshire, Town of Enosburgh, Village of Enosburg Falls, Jay, Lowell, Montgomery, Village of North Troy, Richford, Westfield, and the Town of Troy, and evaluate the potential benefits of the Wild & Scenic designation. At the end of the study in 2013, we will provide an accurate assessment as to whether the river fits designation criteria and whether designation is supported, and make recommendations of voluntary strategies for protection of the rivers resources. Study Committee meetings are open to the public and driven by consensus.

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 (Berkshire, Town of Enosburgh, Village of Enosburg Falls, Jay, Lowell, Montgomery, Village of North Troy, Richford, Westfield, and Town of Troy). Representatives have been appointed by the respective boards of selectmen in the towns of:

Berkshire

Town of Enosburgh

Village of Enosburg Falls

Jay

Lowell

Montgomery

Richford

Town of Troy

Village of North Troy

Westfield

We are currently missing representatives from the towns of Berkshire, and the Village of Enosburg Falls.

If you live in a town with a vacancy and wish to be appointed to the Wild and Scenic Study Committee, please contact your Select Board or Shana Stewart.

 

Committee Officers:

Chair - Jacques Couture from Westfield
Vice-Chair - Todd Lantery from Montgomery
Treasurer - Dianne Laplante from Westfield
Secretary - vacant

 + Meet the Study Committee Members


Additional members of the Study Committee include representatives from:

VT Department of Environmental Conservation

VT Agency of Agriculture

Northwest Regional Planning Commission

Missisquoi River Basin Association

Northwest Vermont Rail Trail Council

VT Federation of Sportsman's Clubs

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