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Study Committee

The Wild & Scenic River Study Committee was formed to include local appointees and partner organizations to evaluate possible Wild and Scenic Designation for the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers of northern Vermont.

The group's mission was 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, the committee provided a detailed and 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 were 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 which ultimately resulted in designation on December 19, 2014.

The membership of the Committee consists primarily of local residents of the towns within the area covered by the designation (Berkshire, Town of Enosburgh, Village of Enosburg Falls, Jay, Lowell, Montgomery, Village of North Troy, Richford, Westfield, and Town of Troy). Representatives were 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 Committee, please contact your Select Board or Lindsey Wight.

 

Committee Officers:

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

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Additional members of the Study Committee included 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

This page last updated May 14, 2016

Coordinator

Shana Stewart Deeds was hired in January 2010 as the Study Coordinator.

Lindsey Wight was hired as Coordinator in November 2015 to replace Shana Stewart Deeds.

Photo by Todd Lantery

Trout River by Todd Lantery

 

 

See the Meetings page for more info about 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 was formed of local appointees and partner organizations to evaluate possible Wild and Scenic Designation along the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers of northern Vermont. The study process ultimately resulted in designation on December 19, 2014. The committee continues to meet regularly to consider and plan projects to enhance the rivers' resources within the area covered by the designation.

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, the committee provided an accurate assessment as to whether the rivers fit designation criteria and whether designation is supported, and made recommendations of voluntary strategies for protection of the rivers' resources. Study Committee meetings are open to the public and are driven by consensus.

 

 

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