LaPlatte River Marsh, Shelburne
This 225-acre marsh complex at the mouth of the LaPlatte River benefits both nature and humans. The marsh offers prime habitat for a variety of waterfowl, including blue heron, ducks, and kingfishers, as well as mammals like muskrat, otter, and beaver. During spring floods and following heavy rainstorms, the forest fills with water, slowing the floodwaters down and allowing the sediment to settle out. Floodplain forests like this one clean our water and offer important wildlife habitat. This property was protected by the Town of Shelburne and The Nature Conservancy with partial VHCB funding.