The Lake Champlain Basin Program has launched Diving In: Citizen Action for a Healthy Lake, a video series that highlights opportunities for citizen action and the efforts of local organizations to engage the public.
The LCBP recently released “Planting for the Future,” a video that documents a riparian tree planting project on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, Vermont. Volunteers working with the Lake Champlain Land Trust planted saplings that were provided by the Intervale Conservation Nursery on riverside land owned by the Vermont Zen Center. The planting project was funded in part by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Ecosystem Restoration Program.
The land trust has been involved in restoration efforts at the Upper LaPlatte River Natural Area, including organizing eight tree planting volunteer workdays, since permanently conserving the 85-acre community treasure in 2011.
“Public involvement is a key piece in efforts to improve the condition of the watershed, both in terms of increasing awareness of the issues and getting important on-the-ground work done at the local level,” Ryan Mitchell, LCBP’s Communications and Publications Coordinator, said in an announcement sent to the press. “This video series is intended to show people how they can get involved and inspire action.”
The Lake Champlain Basin Program’s support of the Intervale Conservation Nursery, and production of the videos, was made possible with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
View “Planting for the Future” and other Diving In videos here.
Photo: Still image from Diving In: Planting for the Future, courtesy LCBP.