Volunteers to plant hundreds of native trees at Vermont Zen Center

The Intervale Center, Lake Champlain Land Trust, Lake Champlain Basin Program and Healthy Living Market will partner with community volunteers to plant 300 native trees from 10am to 12:30pm on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Vermont Zen Center in Shelburne.

Volunteers will restore an acre of riparian buffer on the center’s conserved land to prevent soil erosion and runoff and to enhance a unique wildlife habitat. Since 2002, the nursery has planted more than 185,000 native trees in Vermont, restoring about 925 acres along rivers and streams to protect water quality.

“We’re really excited to complete our second planting project at the Vermont Zen Center in partnership with the Lake Champlain Land Trust and Lake Champlain Basin Program,” said Travis Marcotte, Intervale Center executive director. “This project will protect Lake Champlain and restore a special place. We are so grateful for Healthy Living’s support of our water quality work. The whole Healthy Living team truly understands how important clean water is to good food and strong farms.”

Nicole Driscoll, Director of Marketing at Healthy Living Market and Café, said, “Healthy Living is thrilled to support this restoration planting project as part of our continued partnership with the Intervale Center and Intervale Conservation Nursery. We love supporting our community and the organizations who serve them—when we grow together, we thrive together. And we all know you need good, clean, protected waterways for healthy farms and healthy food.”

The Intervale Center is seeking volunteers to participate in the planting project. For more information contact Alis Sevakian at alis@intervale.org.

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