Living Along the River

The majority of land in the watershed is privately owned. Stewardship of private property is key to achieving our goals of a clean, healthy, reilient watershed. Friends of the Winooski River helps landowners, large and small, solve erosion problems and learn to take good care of their land. 

Every spring, we plant thousands of young trees and shrubs along streambanks on private (and public) land to reduce erosion and improve habitat. We partner with the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Partners for Wildlife program, and dozens of watershed residents volunteer for as little as an hour or as much as two days to get all of the plants in the ground. 

There are many programs and information resources available to property owners. Friends of the Winooski River and the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District created a Land Owner Assistance Guide that includes over forty organizations and agencies that provide financial or technical assistance to take care of land along the Winooski River and its tributaries. Development of the guide was funded in part by a grant from Cabot Creamery.

If you are a landowner in the watershed and are interested in working with us, please fill out our contact form.