Monday, December 1, 2008
Forest Service honors Vermont groups for their river work
ARLINGTON — The Batten Kill Watershed Alliance and the White River Partnership, along with the Green Mountain National Forest, will be awarded the U.S. Forest Service's Eastern Region Honor this month for the work the groups have done together to protect Vermont rivers.
Cynthia Browning, executive director the alliance, said the key to the award was that it was about partnerships.
"We would not be able to do the work we do without the assistance and expertise of the Green Mountain National Forest. But they need us too. They need a grass-roots group that has ties to the local property owners and government," she said.
The award from the U.S. Forest Service recognizes those projects achieved in cooperation with the Forest Services local arms and citizens' groups formed to serve ecological preservation or restoration projects.
Steve Roy, fisheries program manager for the Green Mountain National Forest, nominated the groups for the award in a letter to the U.S. National Forest.
The painting is by Nancy Merkle