Barton Girl Scout Troop assists in planting nearly 400 trees along Lamoille River

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BARTON — A volunteer team led by the Watershed Stewards of Greensboro and Orleans County Conservation District planted close to 400 trees on the property of Pierrette Lyman in Greensboro Bend on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27.

Mrs. Lyman had requested a Streamwise Assessment of her land, which abuts the Lamoille River, in early 2023. The property was significantly impacted by the floods of July 2023. Due to the previously completed assessment, the Watershed Stewards and Orleans County Conservation District were able to respond quickly with a grant from the “Trees for Streams” program to obtain the trees and schedule the planting early in 2024.

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The team planted a total of 391 trees, including silver maple, tamarack, willow, elderberry, and dogwood. These trees will help protect Mrs. Lyman’s property from future flood events and improve the water quality in the Lamoille River.

The two-day event saw the participation of 29 local volunteers, including representatives from the Barton Girl Scout Troop. Smith’s Grocery in Greensboro Bend generously donated food and drinks to support the volunteers.

Property owners interested in scheduling a site visit for recommendations on enhancing their land, improving habitat, and reducing erosion and mitigating flood risk where their land abuts a river can contact the Orleans County Conservation District at (802) 624-7008.

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By doing so, property owners can gain access to additional resources to help them implement the recommended improvements.

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