The Mad River Watershed Conservation Partnership is a coalition of the Mad River Valley Planning District, Vermont Land Trust and Friends of the Mad River formed to further land conservation in the watershed of the Mad River. The mission of the Partnership is to identify critical conservation resources and assist willing landowners, organizations and communities in protecting and strengthening the watershed's:
- working landscape, by preserving productive farm and forest lands;
- ecological health, by preserving wildlife habitats and corridors across the landscape, and identifying and protecting rare and fragile natural areas;
- rural character, by protecting and enhancing the scenic landscape; historic sites and structures that contribute to the community's agricultural heritage; and by reinforcing traditional settlement patterns;
- recreational opportunity, by maintaining and providing public access to open space, the Mad River, and its tributaries; and,
- community vitality, by fostering economic and social well being through open space protection.
The Conservation Partnership will further this mission by making voluntary options for land conservation available to landowners and communities, serving as a local source of information, technical assistance and financial support, and through collaboration with local towns and organizations.
In addition, the Partnership will actively seek to establish a conservation fund to carry out its mission.