Photo Credit: Shana Stewart-Deeds
The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee is formed of town appointees and partners who help guide the future of our designated Wild and Scenic rivers, and 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.
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.
Carol has always loved ecology and the outdoors, so being involved with UMATR is a great fit; Carol says it is a pleasure to work with such dedicated people to protect and enhance our river resources.
A mother of three children, Carol taught at Richford Elementary School for 35 years, where the Missisquoi River flowed by. She and her husband love to travel (pictured here at Glacier Bay National Park). When not traveling, they can be found walking on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail or the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail or out on the water of Lake Champlain.
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!
Wendy Scott fell in love with mountains and rivers when her family took her camping and skiing as a child. She has traveled extensively in northern Canada on long canoe trips with her husband Al and friends, which led to a renewed interest in the preservation of rivers. She has been involved with the Wild & Scenic Committee since the beginning. Wendy is retired from teaching after 30 years and is enjoying having more time to volunteer, paddle, bike, ski and garden. She lives in the Cold Hollow Mountains with her husband Al.
Keith moved to Montgomery in 1997 and married a native Vermonter in 2002. They love spending time outdoors, fishing and camping in Keith canoe named Patches. For the past 10 years, Keith has guided camping trips along the Missisquoi River. Keith is a Chief Let's Go Fishing Instructor for the State of Vermont and a Chief Hunter Safety Instructor for both Firearms and Archery. Keith spent six months living on a glacier in Alaska giving dog sled tours and teaching about the glaciers.
Education & Outreach 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.
Sarah grew up on a horse farm in Georgia, Vermont while frequently traveling north to enjoy the Missisquoi watershed. She left Vermont to study Biology in New Hampshire for college, but is ecstatic to return back to northern Vermont. In her free time, she is a ski patroller at Jay Peak, enjoys hiking with her dog Pearl, and spends as much time outside as she can exploring the Green Mountain State.