In Vermont, the Clear Water Carbon Fund is planting trees in the White River and Lake Memphremagog watersheds.
White River Watershed The White River watershed encompasses 710 square miles in central Vermont before meeting the Connecticut River in the Town of Hartford. The White River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the State of Vermont and provides nursery habitat for juvenile Atlantic salmon and potential spawning habitat for adults. Over the past two years, the Clear Water Carbon Fund partnered with The White River Partnership 750 trees to help restore areas destroyed by severe flooding during during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. All the trees were planted by local elementary and high school students to gain a hands-on understanding of the importance of trees to help stabilize the riverbank and create a diverse ecosystem, which will benefit migratory songbirds and other wildlife.
Lake Memphremagog Watershed In 2013, Clear Water Carbon Fund partnered with the NorthWoods Stewardship Center to plant 350 new trees along the Pherrins River in Morgan, Vermont. The Pherrins River provides valuable spawning habitat for brook trout and is popular with local guides and anglers in the Northeast Kingdom. These new trees reforested a 1,000 foot section of river frontage and will catch sediments and nutrients before they make it into the water, as well as absorb carbon dioxide from the air for decades to come.