March 09, 2012
The WRP is involved in a project called the Northern Forest Watershed Service Project, which is raising awareness about and private donations for on-the-ground conservation projects that protect water quality. The Project has recently launched two new websites:
Clear Water Carbon Fund brings you carbon reduction options in the form of local reforestation and water restoration projects. CWCF projects allow you to reduce the impact of your activities in a way that benefits your local community and economy, giving you the ability to buy local and reduce your carbon footprint.
In Vermont, the Clear Water Carbon Fund is planting trees in the White River Watershed. The White River watershed encompasses 710 square miles, including Addison, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor Counties and 50,000 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest.
The WRP oversees tree planting and provides the critical grassroots support and connection to local landowners necessary for identifying landowners who are willing to commit to have trees planted and maintained on their land along streams and rivers.
The Northern Forest Watershed Services Project, in cooperation with the White River Partnership, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, and Orange County Headwaters Project, has launched this Internet-based marketplace where individuals, communities, and businesses can invest in projects that protect or enhance natural services provided by private forest and farmland in the Upper Connecticut River Watershed. This innovative marketplace connects landowners with people who appreciate and benefit from the services the land offers – providing new opportunities for stewardship and conservation.
Clean Water Future is an experimental project created as part of the Northern Forest Ecosystems Trust Initiative, an effort to create innovative and replicable market-based models providing incentives to private forest landowners to restore, enhance, and protect aquatic resources in critical watersheds in the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont and the Crooked River Watershed in Maine. The Initiative is funded through a Conservation Innovations Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service.