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Upper Missisquoi and Trout River Wild & Scenic Committee

RIVER COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

About the Grant

Riverwalk Park Project

*We have additional funding available for 2019 and are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis*

The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee is delighted to provide funding for projects and activities in the communities that our Wild and Scenic rivers flow through. During the third round of our Wild and Scenic River Community Grants we are offering grants at two funding levels: several projects will be awarded up to $5,000 each, as in years past; this year, in addition, we are also interested in funding larger projects, and anticipate awarding two projects for up to $10,000 each. The goal of these projects is to protect and enhance the quality and enjoyment of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers and their outstanding resources. Projects must also address one or more of the goals of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Management Plan.

This is an annual program of the Wild & Scenic Committee; we are pleased to be able to use part of our annual budget for work that our many community partners identify and champion.

This Year's 2019 River Community Grants projects:

  • "Summer On The River" - This program will bring teens and pre-teens from Encore After School and Summer Program sites on a canoe trip along the Missisquoi River, encouraging recreation and active, healthy lifestyles, and creating a unique opportunity for children to develop meaningful connections with the river. The kids will fish, canoe, swim, and experience the joy and fun of one of our most prized local natural resources. 

  • "The Missisquoi Headwaters Search and Rescue" - This project will purchase a lightweight, portable winter rescue sled necessary for search and rescue along the Catamount and Long Trails and adjacent lands in the Jay-Montgomery-Richford-Westfield-Lowell area. This is a cooperative project of the Grateful Shreds Back County Snow Club, the Northern Frontier Section of the Green Mountain Club, and the Jay Peak Ski Patrol Volunteers Association, and will help save lives for winters to come!

  • "Trout in the Classroom and Stream Monitoring" - The middle school (6-8th grade) students at the Lowell Graded School will monitor local streams and tributaries of the Missisquoi watershed. They will also use the grant to purchase equipment for Trout in the Classroom- a program in which students raise brook trout from eggs in the classroom to be released, learning about stream habitat, ecosystem connectivity, and water resources.

  • The Montgomery Recreation Department will purchase purchase 4 pairs each of men’s, women’s and children’s snow shoes to be made available at no charge to Montgomery residents.

  • The Montgomery Rec Department will also offer local students the opportunity to go on 2 daytime and 2 overnight summer break trips on the Missisquoi River.