- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CANAAN, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says more than 2,000 new trees are helping preserve the floodplain along the Upper Connecticut River in Canaan.

In addition to the recently planted tree species native to floodplain forests like silver maple, basswood and red maple, a number of American elms, specially bred to be resistant to Dutch elm disease, were also planted.

Fish and Wildlife’s Jane Lazorchak says restoring floodplain forests goes a long way toward cleaning up Vermont’s waterways. The forests slow erosion along the river bank and they absorb large quantities of water during major rain events, reducing the risk of downstream flooding.

The effort was funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Mitigation Enhancement Fund, with support from The Nature Conservancy.

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