March 28, 2011
A ban on using felt-soled waders and boots in Vermont waters was enacted by the Vermont legislature to help curb the spread of aquatic invasive species in Vermont rivers. Felt soled waders can contribute to the spread of invasive species such as whirling disease in fish and didymo, a non-native alga commonly referred to as “rock snot.”
The ban, which becomes effective April 1, 2011, is designed to slow or stop the spread of these and other aquatic invasive species to new locations in Vermont.
Turn-in your felt-soled boots and waders at Hanover Outdoors from April 1 – 9, and get a 25% discount on new gear!
Join us on Saturday, April 9, from 10am – 12pm to harvest native willow shrubs in Rochester: from the intersection of Route 100 and 73, turn onto Route 73 west; drive 1.5 miles, past Maple Hill Road on the right; continue on Route 73 another 0.3 miles; drive over a bridge across the West Branch of the White River; then turn into a parking area immediately on the right. We will meet at the parking area at 10am, then walk to the willow site. Live willow stakes can be pounded into moist soils to quickly revegetate an exposed river bank. The White River Partnership will be planting 2,500 live willow stakes to restore 4 riparian buffer sites in Royalton, Sharon and Stockbridge. Bring loppers if you have them. We have gloves and some loppers to share, and will provide light refreshments.
Join us on Saturday, April 30 from 9 – 11am to improve fish and wildlife habitat at Fat Rooster Farm (354 Morse Road, Royalton) by planting a 50-foot buffer of native trees and shrubs along the Second Branch of the White River. Gloves, shovels, and light snacks will be provided. Rain date: Sunday, May 1, 9 – 11am.
Contact us with questions or to RSVP!