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Trout Unlimited Chapter Donates $4,000 for River Restoration Work

Lebanon — The Greater Upper Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited will donate a total of $4,000 to five river restoration projects sponsored by local watershed organizations.

“This is a donation we’re more than happy to make,” Seth Dunn, the nonprofit’s board president, said in a news release last week. “We believe this type of cooperation and support for on-the-ground work will result in the long-term protection of fish and their habitat.”

Trout Unlimited’s mission is to protect intact fish habitat and restore and reconnect degraded watersheds in order to support coldwater fisheries. The Greater Upper Valley chapter has about 400 members.

The donation will help fund a fish passage project on Broad Brook in Sharon, invasive species plant eradication on the Connecticut River in Piermont, and river bank stabilization at Hurricane Flats Farm in South Royalton. It will also support riparian buffer tree planting projects on Mink Brook in Etna and on Stony Brook in Stockbridge, Vt.

The projects in Vermont are sponsored by White River Partnership, a nonprofit based in South Royalton.

The donation is being made through Clean Water Future, a conservation fundraising website. For more information about the projects, go to www.cleanwaterfuture.org.

— Staff report