By Amanda Cooper
At Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) we are dedicated to improving the sustainability and quality of life of the communities where GMCR employees live and work. We’re implementing Employee Community Grant Programs at all our locations. Each site will have their own granting focus – as each community has unique needs. One of the focus areas for our Vermont Employee Community is clean water, healthy rivers, lakes and shorelines. The Intervale Conservation Nursery’s mission aligns directly with that focus .
The Nursery works to restore and conserve riparian zones to protect Vermont’s waterways and Lake Champlain from agricultural runoff and pollution. This past fall, the Vermont Employee Community Grant eam, reviewed and awarded the Intervale Conservation Nursery a grant. With this grant the Nursery will increase their outreach and complete two restoration projects along local rivers. Planting native trees and shrubs along a stream bank create buffers that help prevent pollution in rain runoff from entering rivers and lakes. Every time it rains, runoff collects pollutants from roads, cars, agricultural fields and other sources, and washes this unfiltered water into the waterways. The Intervale Conservation Nursery’s lantings help trap and filter sediment and pollution before it enters Vermont’s waterways. The first planting took place along the Winooski River in the Intervale Center itself. GMCR employee volunteers and Conservation Nursery staff planted over 50 container trees. This spring the Nursery and GMCR volunteers will plant an estimated 700 trees and shrubs along the Winooski River in Waterbury. In addition to these two restoration projects, the Nursery grows and provides locally-grown vegetation to conservation projects all over the state of Vermont. We’re proud to support the important work of protecting Vermont’s waterways.