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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/

Dog Poop Clean Up
The Mad River Path will be working at the West Greenway section of the Mad River Path to clean up this popular segment of the path. It will also be a great opportunity to learn more about how stewardMRV is working to encourage proper dog ownership etiquette. Lean more about these efforts at: www.madrivervalley.com/dogs/

Boyce Hill Pond Bass Fish Out
Mad Dog Trout Unlimited, our local chapter of the national Trout Unlimited will be working with the Fayston Conservation Commission to organize a “Fish Out” at the pond on the Boyce Hill parcel. This is an important way to help minimize the impacts of the invasive bass population and encourage the return of native species to the pond. Its also a great way to learn about the conservation work being done by Trout Unlimited.

Pines Rest Area
The stewardMRV team will be heading up an effort to clean up this well used  river access. 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 meet down at the Pines Rest Area at 9 am.

The stewardMRV program is transforming the way our community takes care of our swim holes, trail heads and river access points. Proper stewardship is vital to maintain the sustainability of recreation and the health of the environment in the Mad River Valley. Scenic beauty, a healthy environment, and outdoor recreation are are at the heart of why people visit and live here. There are so many ways to be involved in the stewardMRV effort. Learn more about the various volunteer opportunities by visiting; https://www.madrivervalley.com/stewardmrv/stewardmrv-volunteer-opportunities




June 4
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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