Local company donates to natural area

Lake Champlain Land Trust supporters celebrate the donated Peregrine Design Build kiosk at the Upper LaPlatte River Natural Area. Photo by Chris Boget, courtesy of Lake Champlain Land Trust.

Lake Champlain Land Trust supporters celebrate the donated Peregrine Design Build kiosk at the Upper LaPlatte River Natural Area. Photo by Chris Boget, courtesy of Lake Champlain Land Trust.

Shelburne’s Upper LaPlatte River Natural Area now has a new trailhead kiosk to guide visitors thanks to the generosity of Peregrine Design/Build, a local builder who donated the Adirondack-style structure as a community service project.

“We’re extremely grateful for this major donation,” says Chris Boget, executive director of the Lake Champlain Land Trust. “The Peregrine Design/Build team has been very generous, and the kiosk is going to help make the natural area a place where families feel comfortable to go and check out the trails and wildlife. We’ll now be able to feature animals and plants that are found in this area, as well as provide tips for landowners on habitat management.”

Local building supplier R.K. Miles donated the natural cedar logs for the project and Peregrine Design/Build donated the design and labor, and all other materials. The new structure has space for maps, seasonal information, brochures, and other visuals.

“We’re happy to give back to the community that’s been a big part of our success over the years,” said Tim Frost of Peregrine. “This property on the LaPlatte is a special spot and important resource and we’re happy to help make it an accessible place to escape and relax.”

Visitors to this free public access site can snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, and look for wildlife while exploring an easy trail system that meanders around agricultural fields, a working sugarbush, and through a beautiful hemlock forest. The area includes almost a mile of frontage along the LaPlatte River – a major tributary of Lake Champlain – and helps protect both an endangered Stonecat fish and Lake Champlain’s water quality

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Thanks to 35 years of community support, the Lake Champlain Land Trust has permanently conserved dozens of natural areas in the Champlain Valley. Directions to the Upper LaPlatte River Natural Area, and many other family-friendly trails, are available at www.LCLT.org.

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