Murray McHugh, Southern Lake Champlain Valley Stewardship Program Coordinator, works with volunteers at the plant nursery.
Historically, a hurdle to performing forest restoration work in Vermont was the availability of local genetic plant material. As a result in 2002, The Nature Conservancy created the Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery in cooperation with the Poultney-Mettowee Watershed Partnership.
The goal of the nursery is to produce seedlings from local genetic stock for restoration and riparian buffer plantings. The plantings will help stabilize stream banks (reduce erosion), restore native plant communities (clayplain and other floodplain forests), re-establish connectivity of habitat along riparian corridors, improve water quality, and prevent the spread of non-native plant material in the landscape.
Located on Conservancy property in Whitehall, NY, the nursery typically grows in excess of 20,000 seedlings annually. Murray McHugh, the Southern Lake Champlain Valley Stewardship Program Coordinator, leads the work with volunteers and interns to accomplish seed collection, propagation, and growing operations. Seedlings are sold to the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District for planting in local federal cost-share programs and used by The Nature Conservancy in clayplain and floodplain restoration work. Seedlings are also sold to individuals for plantings in conservation project areas.
For more information, please call our West Haven, VT Office at 802-265-8645 x23.
From Route 4 just east of Whitehall, NY:
Turn onto Route 9A heading north (opposite a small business plaza); Travel 0.9 miles to T and turn right; Travel 0.5 miles and turn left onto Stalker Road; Travel 0.6 miles and turn right onto Route 10 (Sciota Road); Travel 1.9 miles and turn left - continues as Route 10; Travel 0.6 miles and turn left onto Ward Lane (dirt road); Travel to red barn and park; Nursery is beyond the barn. Walk down along the right side of the barn and look left.
Silver maple, Acer saccharinum Sycamore, Platanus occidentailis
Red maple, Acer rubrum Cottonwood, Populus deltoides
Sugar maple, Acer saccharum White oak, Quercus alba
Musclewood, Carpinus caroliniana Swamp white oak, Quercus bicolor
Shagbark hickory, Carya ovata Bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa
American beech, Fagus grandifolia Chestnut oak, Quercus prinus
White ash, Fraxinus americana Red oak, Quercus rubra
Green ash, Fraxinus pennsylvanica Black willow, Salix nigra
Hophornbeam, Ostrya virginiana Basswood, Tilia americana
White pine, Pinus strobus Eastern hemlock, Tsuga candensis
Pitch pine, dwarf, Pinus rigida American elm, Ulmus americana
Speckled alder, Alnus incana Carolina rose, Rosa caroliniana
Button bush, Cephalanthus occidentalis Low bush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium
Silky dogwood, Cornus amomum Maple-leaf viburnum, Viburnum acerfolium
Gray dogwood, Cornus racemosa Arrowwood, Viburnum dentatum
Red-osier dogwood, Cornus sericea Nanny berry, Viburnum lentago
Witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana Highbush-cranberry, Viburnum trilobum
Winterberry holly, Ilex verticillata