Trees For Streams

The Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District (WNRCD) is currently seeking landowners within the District who live along rivers or streams and are interested in installing a 35ft wide riparian buffer on their property in 2017 to control streambank erosion and floodplain protection.

Riparian buffers are the grasses, shrubs, and/or trees that grow along streams. In natural conditions these plants colonize streambanks, controlling erosion and helping to filter and clean stormwater runoff before it enters our waterways. Without this protection, streambanks become unstable, erode, and become a greater source of non-point source pollution.

According to the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s most recent State of the Lake report, the erosion of streambanks accounts for roughly 20% of VT’s total phosphorus loads into the Lake.

If you own property along a stream or river and would be interested in having a riparian buffer planted on your property; please fill out the interest form below

Trees For Streams Interest Form


WNRCD Seeking Conservation Specialist

WNRCD Seeks Conservation Specialist


Are you seeking a full-time position working in the natural resources field?  Do you want to make a difference protecting and restoring water quality and soil health within the Winooski watershed and beyond?  The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD) seeks to fill a full-time Conservation Specialist position in northwest Vermont. The Conservation Specialist is predominantly responsible for managing the Stormwater Education and Outreach, Agricultural Outreach and Education, and Habitat Restoration programs. This exciting opportunity will allow the right candidate to grow both personally and professionally.  The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District includes all of Chittenden County, all of Washington County and the towns of Orange, Williamstown and Washington in Orange County. The Conservation Specialist will serve the entire District, and be based out of the Williston USDA/NRCS field office with a telecommuting option available.  The Conservation Specialist will work to coordinate and implement effective conservation and restoration programs and projects in the Winooski District with partner agencies, towns, not-for-profit groups, and individuals

To view the job description and application requirements, please visit:  The application deadline is May 18, 2018.  The WNRCD is an equal opportunity employer.


2018 Tree and Trout Sale

Press Release

For Release After February 7, 2018


Pre-Order Sales Open for WNRCD Annual Tree and Trout Sale  (after Feb 7th)

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is pleased to announce that the 35th Annual Tree and Trout sale is now open.   This year’s selection includes fruit species, ornamental species, a wide variety of bareroot trees and shrubs and so much more.  In addition to an amazing selection of native species and fruit species, we are offering species of trout to stock your ponds.

This year the WNRCD is partnering with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc, and conducting a one day event in Waterbury, VT where the public can pick up their orders, visit educational displays, and purchase perennial plants and more.   All pre-orders must be postmarked by March 31st.  The event /pickup day for tree sale orders is: Saturday April 21st from 9am till noon.  Place your orders early as supplies are limited.   Visit the District’s website for an order form and information on the species available.

Proceeds from both sales allow us to provide high-quality conservation programs to the residents within our District.  For more information and to download the order form, please visit

Or email:

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is one of 14 conservation districts throughout Vermont. It encompasses all of Chittenden and Washington County as well as parts of Orange County (Orange, Williamstown and Washington). The district relies on grants and individual donations to complete its conservation work. The WNRCD focuses its resources on completing conservation projects within the areas of agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship.

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Feb Board of Supervisors Meeting

The February Board of Supervisors Meeting;

Scheduled for Friday February 2, 2018 will be held at the NRCS office in Williston from 9:30am till 11:30am.



Learn about WNRCD Annual Tree Sale First; Become a WNRCD Member

Become a WNRCD Member  and be first to hear about the WNRCD Annual Tree Sale and have a chance to order some of our limited quantity items before others.

Any new memberships or renewals submitted between now and January 30th, will be entered fora chance to win a $25 gift certificate towards your 2018 Tree Sale order.

Become and a member and partner with the WNRCD to achieve the protection of our natural resources.


Save The Date~2017 WNRCD Annual Dinner

Save the Date:  December 6, 2017

Time: 5:30pm till 8:00pm

Location: Richmond Congregational Church, Richmond Vermont

Cost: $16.50 a person for Dinner

For information on entertainment, food, keynote, door-prizes, raffle items and to register, please click here.


WNRCD Board of Supervisors Meeting, Nov 2017

The WNRCD Board of Supervisors will be meeting from 9:30am till 11:30am at the Berlin office on: Tuesday November 14th.  For more information, please email:


Richmond Stormwater Concerns

Richmond Residents;

Do you have flooding, erosion, or ponding concerns, or other water quality issues?

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is currently working to identify stormwater problem areas throughout Richmond. Our goal is to identify at least four properties in Richmond in which to scope possible solutions for. If you would be interested in having us visit your property, please fill out the form linked to below or email: to set up a site visit. Please call Holly at 802-288-8155 ext 104 with any questions.

Richmond Stormwater Google Form



Huntington River Water Quality Samplers Needed

Huntington River Volunteer Water Quality Samplers Needed!

It’s time again to begin sampling the water quality of the Huntington River within Huntington and
Richmond. Your help is needed !

Sampling starts on June 27th!
As in past years, we will be sampling on Tuesday mornings. You can sign up for as many sites/dates as
you wish and are available.
Samples need to be taken on Tuesday morning and delivered to one of our two drop off sites:
1)The cooler at: 549 Bridge Street, Huntington VT by 8:00 AM. (across from the tree farm) A cooler will
be placed in the breezeway for your convenience. In addition you can pick up the next weeks bottles,
and you will get to meet the new team member helping to coordinate activities: Corrina Parnapy.
2) A volunteer will be available for drop off of samples between 7:00am and 7:45am in Richmond at the
Volunteer Green.
We will provide information on sample bottle pickup and additional information shortly. To help stay
informed, please feel free to email with any questions. This will insure that
you receive valuable updates, interesting information on Huntington River water quality issues and
To sign up to sample: Visit and click on the Volunteer Info link, and from
there the Volunteer Sign-Up. Put your name in the date/site slot(s) you can sample. Yellow slots are for
“duplicate” samples, at these locations/dates simply take two samples so the lab can do quality
assurance checks.
Note- there are descriptions of the sample sites and a map at the “Sample Sites” link, and on the
Volunteer page there is a short video with information about how to take a sample.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions, I’ll be glad to help out.
Thank you for your continued dedication and partnership. This project would not be possible without
your assistance.
All the best,
Corrina Parnapy
District Manager
Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
E.coli information: The State of Vermont updated health recommendations to correspond to the EPA risk standard. The EPA standard states that a single sample of 235 (organisms/ml of water) or greater is an unacceptable risk for swimming. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing revised water quality standards that follow the EPA standard.
 Geometric (multiple samples over time) mean of 126 – Value corresponding to the 95% likelihood that there could be a detectable increase in the background illness rate for swimmers associated with contact.
 Single Sample value of 235: –value corresponding to a 75% certainty that the threshold of swimming risk may be surpassed on any given day.
 Single Sample value of 410: –value corresponding to a 95% certainty that the threshold of swimming risk may be surpassed on any given day.
AND REMEMBER- e.coli counts can change rapidly in rivers and lakes depending on many variables. Data suggests the Huntington River is most susceptible to high e.coli bacteria counts immediately following periods of rainfall resulting in increased runoff.
Use your judgment. Our current recommendations- if the water appears high or cloudy, or if it has rained much in the last 2 days, use caution or avoid swimming.


May 23, 2017 WNRCD Board of Supervisors Meeting

The May WNRCD Board of Supervisors Meeting will be held on Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at the Berlin office.

WNRCD Board of Supervisors Meeting

9:00am  Supervisor & Staff Sharing Opportunity

~ Opportunity for general group sharing and discussion on Natural Resource related topics


9:15am Business Items

~ Approve Winooski NRCD meeting minutes from April 2017

~ Financial Report

~ Project Overview (Staff Progress Report)

~ Tree Sale Event Summary/ Discussion


10:00 Other items

~ Winooski Tactical Basin Planning (Karen Bates, VTDEC )

~ Partnership Discussion for Outreach Activities (Luke, VACD- Outreach Coordinator)



~ Set agenda ideas for June meeting

~ Set tentative date for June meeting


11:30am     Adjourn