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).

 

Legacy of Natural Resource Stewardship

The Mad River Valley (MRV) of Vermont, consisting primarily of the towns of Moretown, Fayston, Warren and Waitsfield, 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.

Valley communities throughout history have made this place their home due in large part to the wealth of natural capital that exists here. Over time, policy has been enacted to preserve forest and farmlands, while encouraging Vermont’s development pattern of vibrant village centers surrounded by open working lands. The Valley 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 conflict, as a Memorandum of Understanding was established with Sugarbush Resort in 1998, an update of the 1985 Articles of Agreement, 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 was established as the primary forum for communication, impact review, mitigation development, and strategic collaboration for stakeholders in the MRV.

With this arrangement, the Valley 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.

Read more about the MRV Conservation Partnership and their activities here