trees planted


Creates in 2016 this project aims at:

  • Establish riparian zone areas around dairy and farm fields to reduce nutrient runoff into streams
  • Support farm livelihoods through shelterbelt, ecobuffers, orcahrd, and windbreak tree planting
  • Reduced the amount of phosphorus runoff and subsequent algae blooms in Lake Champlain


“The monitoring set up by PUR Projet allowed us to follow the survival of the trees and gave us a lot of information on the vegetative competition, which we had not realized was an obstacle to the establishment of trees on sites where thick grasses (invasive) or goldenrod (slightly allelopathic) grow. The project is designed in a holistic way, to move from a degraded site to a restored riparian buffer zone”. – Hillary Solomon, WNCPD





Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

American Forests


33 farming families


29,852 trees planted

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Local partner

American Forests

Established in 1875, the American Forestry Association is the oldest group in North America organized to promote forest conservation. The organization became American Forests (AF) in 1992.

AF works as a catalyst to create large-scale projects  focused on forests and water conservation.

Since 1990, AF organized the plantation of 50 million trees around the world.

In the Vermont project, the plantations will be coordinated locally by the Conservation District to provide seedlings and technical assistance to the farmers.

Species planted

Planted species are all native plants chosen based on soil type and the associated natural plant communities. Maple, cherry, willow, and poplar are among the planting lists but there are other native species as options.

The trees will be sourced from local nurseries. The conservation district (local partner) is co-managing a new nursery they have set up in the watershed that will be able to provide local genetic stock of native plants by 2017.


Participating farmers are small, primarily dairy farms.

The acreage size area varies, but in most cases the area to be planted is 1-3 acres (0.5-1.5 ha).

Most are conventional farms, not organic. Integrating trees will help to manage sustainably the farm activities.