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stewardMRV Kicks Off Season

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


After an incredibly successful first year the stewardMRV program is kicking off the activities for the 2022 season. The stewardMRV program is dedicated to creating an ethos of stewardship across the Mad River Valley. Whether it’s at a trailhead, down by the river, on a backroad, or in your backyard, there are ways for each of us to be a steward in this community. stewardMRV supports the diversity of stewardship activities in the Valley by bringing people and organizations together to celebrate and share opportunities to volunteer.

As a way to celebrate and launch the season the stewardMRV collaborators will host a Summer Season Kickoff Volunteer day on Saturday June 4 in coordination with National Trails Day. The various organizations that collaborate with the stewardMRV initiative have developed a menu of projects that we’ll tackle. Community members are encouraged to join in, contribute to the effort and then cap the day off with a stewardMRV BBQ down at the Couples Club field.  We’re all working hard to take better care of our outdoor community resources. This is a great opportunity to kick off the season by working together, celebrating and promoting an ethos of stewardship in the Mad River Valley. Here are a few of the opportunities that will be available to participate;

Chase Town Forest
The Mad River Riders will be working on the popular trails between German Flats and Harris Hill Roads in Fayston. Meet at the trailhead by the McCullough Barb, across from the Fayston School at 9 am.”

Knot Weed Management
The Waitsfield Conservation Commission is working to minimize the infiltration of Japanese know weed near the Laruea swim hole in Waitsfield, The effort will be part of an on-going program throughout the summer. The project will tale pace from 10-11:30 am.  Learn more about what is being done to deal with the knot weed problem and how you can get involved. You can learn more about the issue by visiting www.madrivervalley.com/knowtweed/

Mad River Path 
Join the Mad River Path and MRV Libraries to begin installing the brand new StoryWalk displays along the Warren Path! Volunteers will help dig holes at set locations for the displays using shovels and post-hole diggers. Volunteers, who should consider bringing hiking boots, work gloves, water, and a snack, will meet by the Warren Path trailhead past the tennis courts and the Brooks Field at noon. If you have a good shovel or post-hole digger, please bring those, and we will have some tools available at the site. We’ll see how many holes we can dig by about 2:45pm, then go to the stewardMRV bbq at Couples Club to join our fellow trail enthusiasts for a National Trails Day celebration. Contact ross@madriverpath.org for more details.

Pines Rest Area/Couples Field Clean Up
The stewardMRV team will be heading up an effort to clean up this well used river access spot and recreation area. It is hoped that this work will encourage individuals to be interested in becoming stewardMRV site stewards. This volunteer opportunity entails weekly inspections of a particular site and communication with the stewardMRV Coordinator. If you’d like to take part and learn more about stewardMRV you can meet us at Pines Rest Area at 1pm and from there we will go to Couples Field at 2pm for a clean up.

Learn more about the various volunteer opportunities by visiting; 




June 4
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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