Natural Communities

The MRVPD works with our partner organizations to ensure that we remain “a welcoming community that builds a healthy and sustainable environment,” and one that “stewards and sustainably uses the Valley’s natural resources and environmental quality for the benefit of future generations” (MRV Vision Statement).

The Mad River Valley is shaped - physically and culturally - by its geography and natural resources. MRVPD supports the MRV community in protecting and strengthening its natural environment and working landscape.

Initiatives & Partnerships

History of Natural Resource Stewardship

The Mad River Valley (MRV) is situated in and around the majestic Green Mountain National Forest, Camel's Hump State Forest, and the privately owned Northfield Mountain Range. The geographic location and forested resources of the MRV makes it abundant in recreational opportunities, ecological and forestry resources, and critical linkages for wildlife.

As settlement patterns and communities have changed over the years, policy has been enacted to preserve forest and farmlands by encouraging the development of vibrant village centers surrounded by open working lands. The MRV found itself in a unique position when the ski industry arrived in the 1940s, and endeavored to balance the desire for sustainable outdoor recreation and economic development with the needs of our natural environment.

The inception of the MRVPD was a direct response to this tension, and was created to ensure that the mitigating actions set forth by the EPA through the Environmental Impact Statement are carried out in perpetuity and remain in compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The MRVPD remains the primary forum for communication, impact review, mitigation development, and strategic collaboration for stakeholders in the MRV.

With this arrangement, the MRV emerged as a unique case study and a leader in the realm of community-business partnership to meet diverse needs, protect the environment, and promote community vitality.

MRV Conservation Partnership
A Continuing Conservation Legacy

Natural Communities Resources