by Meghan Wayland
NEWPORT — State wildlife biologist Pete Emerson pointed toward a stretch of exposed, scraggy roots Saturday where the banks of the Black River had eroded.
“This is one of the things we fight,” he said, addressing nearly 20 paddlers from across the state who gathered for a guided tour hosted by Vermont Fish and Wildlife. The tour meandered on a stretch of the Black a few miles upstream from where the river empties into the South Bay of Lake Memphremagog.
Mr. Emerson was referring to a decayed riparian zone, the interface between land and a river, where there once was, and should still be, a robust forest.
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