January 22, 2019

Streambank tree-planters needed

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees along Allen Brook in Williston and Muddy Brook in South Burlington on Vermont Arbor Day, Friday, May 4.

The event is organized by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District’s Rethink Runoff Stream Team. There will be a free barbecue for volunteers after tree-planting.

The goal of the event is to enhance the vegetative buffer around the streams with a biodiverse array of trees and shrubs. These buffers improve water quality by intercepting sediment, nutrients and chemicals from land runoff. They also stabilize stream banks, minimize erosion and re-establish connectivity between streams and floodplains.

Streambank habitat also provides food, shelter, water, breeding sites and migration corridors for birds and wildlife.

According to the conservation district, Allen Brook and Muddy Brook lack adequate streambank habitat and are choked by invasive species.

The project is sponsored by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the towns of Williston and Hinesburg, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Winooski Valley Parks District and the Intervale Conservation Nursery.

To sign up, email Holly@winooskinrcd.org. Visit rethinkrunoff.org or winooskinrcd.org for more information.

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