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Fall Restoration BioBlitz at Black Creek

How does planting trees along rivers affect water quality and biodiversity? That's the question students tried to answer last week at the District's first-ever Restoration BioBlitz, held last week at the Magnan Brothers Dairy in Fairfield, where FCNRCD had previously coordinated a tree planting in a former pasture alongside Black Creek.

Three people standing around a table in a field, looking through tubs filled with stream water looking for aquatic insects.
Staff couldn't help but search for aquatic bugs while getting set up for the field trip!

In this hands-on field trip, thirty BFA high school students learned how waters in our rivers and streams eventually connect to Lake Champlain and how farmers in Franklin County are helping to improve water quality throughout the watershed, and investigated how tree planting affects the health of the land and the river. Students surveyed tree biodiversity and health, measured water chemistry, and determined aquatic organism biodiversity in the stream. Putting on waders and walking into the water to catch aquatic bugs and other critters was a highlight for many!


A second field trip is planned for the spring so that students can build their understanding of how ecosystems change throughout seasons and over time.

A huge thank you to Molly Magnan, FCNRCD Supervisor and BFA Science Teacher, and Paul Brown, BFA Science Teacher, for their collaboration in bringing this event to life. Thanks also to the Lake Champlain Basin Program, which funded this program through an Education & Outreach Grant.

A group of people standing in a pasture counting plants. Mountains with colorful fall foliage are visible behind them.
It was a beautiful day to be outside surveying plant biodiversity by Black Creek!




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