400 trees planted in Greensboro Bend to Mitigate the Impact of Flooding

On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April a volunteer team led by the Watershed Stewards of Greensboro (part of the Greensboro Association) and Orleans County Conservation District planted close to 400 trees in Greensboro Bend at the property of Pierrette Lyman. Mrs Lyman had asked for a Streamwise Assessment to be completed on her land in early 2023. Her property abuts the Lamoille River and was significantly impacted by the floods of July 2023. As she had already had her Streamwise Assessment, the Watershed Stewards and Orleans County Conservation District were able to respond quickly with a grant from the “Trees for Streams” program to obtain the trees and schedule the planting early in 2024. The team planted 391 Silver Maple, Tamarack, Willow, Elderberry and Dogwood trees. These trees will help protect Mrs Lyman’s property from future flood events and also improve the water quality in the Lamoille River. Over the two days we had 29 local volunteers participate including representatives of the Barton Girl Scouts Troop. Smith’s Grocery in Greensboro Bend kindly donated food and drinks to provide welcome sustenance to the volunteers.

If you are interested in scheduling a Streamwise Assessment of your property please contact [email protected]. A Streamwise Assessment recommends steps a property owner can take to enhance their land and mitigate flood risk where their land abuts a river. It also gives a property owner access to additional resources to help them with the recommended improvements.

Photo 1: Members of the volunteer planting team with the property owner Pierrette Lyman (third from right)

Photo 2: Watershed Stewards Jed Feffer and Chris Steel with Jen Thomson of Smith’s Grocery

Photo 3: Ted Sedell of Orleans County Conservation District coaching some of the younger volunteers.

Photo 4: The volunteer planting team at work