Tree giveaway to take place June 1

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MANCHESTER — The Mountain Goat and the Lake Champlain Land Trust are teaming up to host a tree giveaway at the outdoor gear shop's Manchester store at 4886 Main St. from noon to 4 p.m. on June 1.

Staff from the Lake Champlain Land Trust will be on hand discussing proper tree planting techniques, answering questions about natural landscaping for water quality, and giving away bundles of bare-root native trees and shrubs. The event is part of the Lake Champlain Land Trust's "It Takes a Watershed" project, a watershed-scale approach to making water quality improvements that leverages the skills and dedication of local citizens to restore Vermont's waterways.

"One of the most effective ways to improve water quality is for individuals and landowners to plant trees on their property that help absorb excess runoff before it flows into our streams, rivers and lakes," Chris Boget, executive director of the Lake Champlain Land Trust, said in a media release. "We are so thankful to the Mountain Goat for helping us educate and empower citizens to help protect the precious waters that sustain our communities."

"Clean water is an essential ingredient in Southern Vermont's outdoor recreation economy and unique sense of place," Anne and Ron Houser, Owners of the Mountain Goat, said in a statement. "We encourage folks to stop by the shop, learn about how you can help protect water quality, and pick up some free trees to plant in your neighborhood."

The Lake Champlain Land Trust is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that works in partnership with communities, landowners, partners, and colleagues in both New York and Vermont to permanently conserve and steward the shorelands, wildlife habitats, river corridors, and natural areas of the Champlain Region.

The Lake Champlain Land Trust's "It Takes a Watershed" project is an outgrowth of its work to protect water quality through strategic conservation of forested shoreline buffers and active restoration of key riverbanks and floodplain forests on protected lands.

This event is supported by the Mountain Goat and made possible by generous funding from Patagonia. For more information, visit the Lake Champlain Land Trust's website, call 802-862-4150, or email info@lclt.org.

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