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Group spearheads wetland restoration effort

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Posted on September 27, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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WETLAND BIOLOGIST APRIL Moulaert surveys a patch of farmland along the Lemon Fair River. The National Resources Conservation Service and a coalition of other organizations are working to restore this and 14 other plots in Addison County to their original wetland states. Independent photo/Andrea Suozzo

MIDDLEBURY — Grass rustled in a muddy, sulphur-smelling ditch in Bridport, and just beyond the property line, vehicles hummed through fields of long grasses, cutting and sweeping the cuttings up to store for winter feed.

The long, deep ditch sits close to the edge of 175 acres along the Lemon Fair River that was, until recently, agricultural land. Years before that, the area was a wetland vital to the health of both the Lemon Fair and, at its end, Lake Champlain.

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