Our November Sunshine Fund recipient is the Vermont River Conservancy. The organization is a statewide, water-focused, nonprofit land trust. They work to protect the waterways that enhance the quality of life in Vermont. Their work conserves iconic swimming holes, breathtaking gorges, magnificent waterfalls, fishing and boating accesses, paddlers’ trails, wildlife corridors, watersheds and more.
Every day, our waters and shorelines are threatened by destruction of public access, damaging development of shore properties, over-development or watersheds and mismanagement. The Vermont River Conservancy combats these risks by working to permanently conserve and protect special lands along the waters of Vermont. The organization unites with landowners, municipalities, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations and private businesses to promote land conservation of Vermont’s coveted waters.
Beyond developing recreation sites and promoting conservation, the organization actively improves flood resiliency throughout Vermont with innovative solutions that convert flood-threatened private property into public open space for recreation and public access. Since 1995, they’ve worked with landowners to conserve 78 vital sites in Vermont.
They will use the Sunshine Fund donation to transform the Montpelier Confluence River Park into an inclusive space that provides public access to flowing waters of the Winooski River and the North Branch River. The site will feature an ADA compliant walkway that descends to the shoreline and seating that overlooks the scenic river.