OUR COMMITTEE

Photo Credit: Shana Stewart-Deeds

The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee is formed of town appointees and partners who will help guide the future of our designated Wild and Scenic rivers, and will make decisions about how federal funds should be allocated to best maintain and improve the rivers according to the Management Plan. Our goal is to highlight, uphold, and enhance the quality and special features of these rivers and protect access, so that residents and visitors may fully enjoy our beautiful landscape.

We have representatives (appointed by town and village selectboards or trustees) from each of the eight towns and villages that are covered by the designation (Westfield, Troy, North Troy, Montgomery, Richford, Berkshire, Enosburg, and Enosburg Falls), as well as partners from the town of Lowell, state and federal agencies, and other organizations who work to protect and enhance these rivers. 

The Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, at locations that rotate throughout our towns; Committee meetings are always open to the public - please see our Meetings page to find out where the next meeting will be held.

We currently have openings for representatives from the Towns of Enosburgh, Richford, and North Troy.

If you live in any of these towns and want to be a part of our Wild and Scenic Committee, please contact us.

Jacques Couture
Chair

Organic dairy farmer and proprietor of Couture’s Maple Shop and B&B, Jacques Couture has made his home on the Missisquoi River in Westfield since 1970. He and his wife Pauline have raised six children in that time, all the while proving themselves to be excellent stewards of the land. Never a man to avoid responsibility, he continues to serve the community in many ways including various volunteer positions for the town of Westfield and the Vermont Sugar Makers Association. The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee is very fortunate to have Jacques’ valuable input as our Chair.

Lindsey Wight
Coordinator

Lindsey grew up in central Vermont, but spent her post-college years travelling the country and exploring other states, mountains, and rivers. She is pleased to have made her way back home, and enjoys exploring the Missisquoi watershed from her home in Jay. She appreciates the great dedication and passion that the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee members have for these rivers and this area, and is delighted to be a part of helping to protect and preserve these great resources. 

Misty McCartney
Vice Chair

Misty was born and raised in Montgomery at the base of Jay Peak. She is currently a Vermont State employee and a student at Vermont Law School. She is completing her Masters in Environmental Law with a Certificate in Climate Change Law.  Misty has been an elected official and volunteer in her community for almost ten years, coordinating annual Green Up Days and River Clean Ups.  She also serves as a Justice of the Peace and on the Montgomery Conservation Commission.  Misty loves to travel, ballroom dance, and bakes and caters professionally for select clients.  Misty was lucky enough to have grown up enjoying the remarkable values of the Trout River and still does!

Ari Lattanzi
Education & Outreach Coordinator

Ari Lattanzi fell in love with the communities, landscapes and waterways of the northern forest while attending Middlebury College and she is thrilled to be back! She spent her years away working in sustainability, resilience and community development for local governments and teaching high school science in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Her favorite book is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 

Cynthia Scott
Treasurer

Cynthia has been involved with the Wild & Scenic Committee from the beginning; first as the Coordinator of the Missisquoi River Basin Association, and now as a representative from Enosburg Falls. Her tireless efforts to conserve and protect the Missisquoi watershed are greatly appreciated!

Thank you to all of our town and village representatives!
 
Additional members of the Committee also include representatives from:
The VT Department of Environmental Conservation, the VT Agency of Agriculture, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, the Missisquoi River Basin Association, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Northwest Vermont Rail Trail Council, the VT Federation of Sportman's Clubs, the Montgomery Conservation Commission, the Richford Conservation Commission, the Enosburg Conservation Commissions, and the National Park Service.

© 2023 by the Vermont Wild & Scenic River Committee | All Rights Reserved