2016 Annual Conservation Banquet!! 4/30/16

We invite you to join us at the
2016 Annual Conservation Banquet!

The Southwestern Vermont Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting its Annual Conservation Banquet on Saturday, April 30th, at The Equinox Resort in historic Manchester, Vermont. As a non-profit conservation organization, we have relied on this event over the years to support the Chapter’s local river conservation projects and youth education programs. Help us celebrate all we have accomplished together and support our continued work to restore and protect our local trout streams and educate the next generation of river stewards.

$45 per person and must be purchased in advance. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card through the PayPal button below. Please be sure to tell us the names of each ticket holder, as tickets will be picked up at the door.

Buy Tickets to Annual Banquet



You can also mail your payment to:
Southwestern Vermont Trout Unlimited
PO Box 88
Manchester, VT 05254

This event will sell out! Tickets must be purchased in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
We will have a cocktail hour from 5-6pm with a cash bar. Dinner will begin at 6:30pm and we will have both raffles and a silent auction.

The Colonnade
The Equinox Resort | Manchester, VT

This not-to-be-missed event is open to the public! Everyone is welcome.

Special Guest Speaker
This year we are excited to have special guest speaker, Gordon Batcheller, a career wildlife professional.








Gordon Batcheller
Executive Secretary,
Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies


Door Prize!
Just by joining us, you will be entered to win an Orvis 8′ 4-weight Superfine Carbon Outfit!

Raffle and Silent Auction Items
We have started to receive some very exciting donations from both near and far.

The list goes on and on! There is SO MUCH MORE!!!  Get your tickets now.
Cash, check, and credit cards accepted as payment for silent auction items and raffle ticket purchases.

If you would like to make a donation to the raffle or auction prizes, please contact Jackie Jordan at jordanj@orvis.com

Restoration on the Battenkill

Here is an Outdoor Journal special on restoration work the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance (BKWA) has been doing on the Battenkill. The story is from 1:30-12:50.

This is a Vermont PBS production. Editing or modifying is prohibited.



Big brown with radar tag implant 2003

 Trout populations are back on the rise since the start of BKWA’s restoration work on the Kill.

Big tree - for Twin Rivers project

A combination of large trees with root wads and stone have been carefully placed at each site to create more cover and shelter for trout.

1 year later - Flyfisherman in LWD project site

Southwestern VT TU are proud to have partnered with the BKWA on a multi-stage project at the Dufrense Pond site on the East Branch of the Battenkill.


SWVT TU President Jackie Jordan getting her hands dirty

Our Tree Planting Project on the Battenkill’s East Branch

NOTE: We are looking for volunteers to help with our next planting on Sunday, October 5th, at 10am. Please bring work gloves, shovels, and appropriate clothing for the weather. If you have a pry bar or pick, please bring it to help with any rocks we encounter. Please email us at info@tuswvt.org if you are interested. Directions to the site can be found at the bottom of this page.

Last summer the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department removed the dam at Dufresne Pond on the East Branch of the Battenkill in Manchester, VT. The state-owned structure was in poor condition, creating a safety hazard, and repairing it would have cost a great deal of money. Expected benefits from its removal include aquatic organism passage and sustaining cooler water temperatures during summer in the downstream stretch.

VT F&W is committed to making the re-established channel at the Dufresne access site a high quality recreation opportunity in the restored condition. This year VT F&W planned to get started planting along the new banks to help with stabilization, and the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance and our Southwestern Vermont chapter partnered to help. Once the new channel has settled, habitat restoration will take place through installation of cover and shelter structures.

The below photos show a site meeting with Ken Cox, fisheries biologist from VT FWD, Cynthia Browning of Batten Kill Watershed Alliance, and SWVT TU board members on May 21st.

The first round of planting took place along the lower level of the far bank on May 24th, with over 100 dogwood and willow whips that were provided by BKWA were planted by TU volunteers. The plan is to plant larger native tree species on the far higher bank in the Fall of 2014 and Spring 2015. Once all the in-stream habitat restoration has been completed, we’ll begin to vegetate the near side of the river.

We also took a fun time lapse video of everyone’s hard work on the site and posted it on our Facebook page [be sure to like us on Facebook and share with your friends]. Click here to see the video on Facebook.

 If you want to visit the site you will be able to find directions to the State access here. If you look across the river you will see the lower and upper terraces where we have begun plantings.
2012 Mettawee River Project

Mettawee River Project

2012 Mettawee River Project

Our SWVT Chapter has been working with the US Forest Service and Poultney Mettawee Natural Resources Conservation District on restoring fish habitat in the Mettawee River. Working on one section at a time, the group has successfully un-channelized and stabilized sections of the river, as well as created new fish habitat through the placement of tree, root wad, and stone structures.

We will be continuing our on-going collaboration with this effort, so please check back often for volunteer opportunities!

In progress, 2012

Mettawee In progress, 2012

Mettawee Project

 Mettawee Project

Population survey at School site, 2013

Gathering data

Various age classes now present