Trail Days with Vermont River Conservancy

Nelson Brown 〡 June 29th, 2023

AtIbex, we believe in the power of community and conservation. As part of our commitment to connecting with our communities and supporting environmental efforts, we recently participated on a volunteer day with Vermont River Conservancy (VRC). Our mission for the day was to assist in the upkeep of the North Branch Cascades Trail, a stunning trail that follows the North Branch of the Winooski River.

Guided by Remy Crettol, the dedicated Conservation Manager at VRC, everyone eagerly tackled various tasks aimed at preserving the trail and ensuring its accessibility for all. Erosion mitigation became a priority as we fixed and created drainage systems along the trail. We also repaired stone steps, picked up litter, trimmed encroaching branches, and filled potholes on the road leading to the trailhead.

What struck us most during our volunteer day was the sense of community that permeated the air. We met passionate individuals from the local community who shared our desire to protect public lands and become stewards of the environment.

VRC's mission resonated deeply with us. They strive to safeguard river access, ensuring that Vermont's treasured swimming holes, fishing spots, and boating accesses remain open to the public. By protecting these areas, the VRC enhances the lives of countless individuals who rely on Vermont's rivers for recreation and solace.

Moreover, VRC actively collaborates with communities to revitalize their relationship with their waterways. Through their Face the River initiative, they engage in education and outreach efforts that empower local residents to take action in revitalizing their riverside areas. By doing so, VRC aims to transform river fronts into vibrant spaces, teeming with life and fostering a stronger sense of community.

Volunteering with the VRC is a fulfilling experience and opportunity to connect with others in the community. Not only did we contribute to the preservation of the North Branch Cascades Trail, but we also witnessed the immense impact that dedicated individuals can have on protecting our natural heritage. 

If you are interested in learning more about VRC and joining their volunteer days, please visit their website at

Find more places to enjoy Vermont's rivers via Vermont River Conservancy's interactive map of swimming holes, paddlers' trails, and more.

Direct link to interactive map

Together, let's protect and celebrate the invaluable resource that water represents in our lives.