The Management Plan was developed by the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Study Committee and finalized in 2013. Representing more than three years of study and planning by the Study Committee and extensive partners, this document guides the decisions of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee as they work towards protecting and preserving the rivers' values for future generations. The Management Plan presents a series of recommendations that can be voluntarily implemented by area residents, riverfront landowners, local municipalities, and partnership state and federal agencies to help protect the river-related resources that maintain the quality and way of life valued by so many people.
The Congressional Study Report contains the principal findings of the three-year study completed by the National Park Service and the local Study Committee. This study concluded that the two segments of the upper Missisquoi River, all of the Trout River, and the tributaries that were evaluated are eligible for designation into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System based on their free-flowing condition and the presence of Outstandingly Remarkable Values and recommended 46.1 miles of the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers for designation with a preliminary classification of recreational. This Study Report was transmitted to the President and then to Congress, which approved designation of these rivers on December 12, 2014.
You can download the Management Plan and its Appendices, as well as the Congressional Study Report, below. Contact us if you would like a physical copy of the Management Plan or the Congressional Report.
Summary of Outstanding Remarkable Values and Protection Goals
Management Plan Appendices:
Appendix 2. Wild and Scenic FAQs
Appendix 3. Scenic and Recreational Protections
Appendix 4. Natural Resource Protections
Appendix 5. Water Quality Protections
Appendix 6. Historic and Cultural Protections
Appendix 7. Management for Birds
Appendix 8. Taunton River Stewardship Council Organizational Structure Example
Appendix 10. Wild and Scenic and Hydro
Appendix 12. Staying Connected Information and Recommended Corridors
Appendix 13. Existing use in the Missisquoi Basin
Appendix 14. Biological Community Assessments and Calculations of Metrics
Appendix 16. MOU example with FEMA and the NPS
Appendix 17. 2012 303d list of impaired waters
Appendix 18. Abenaki Resources from the Fairbanks Museum
Appendix 19. Opportunities for Action Summary