Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin

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Welcome to the 2010 update of Opportunities for Action – an online, dynamic management plan! Here you will be able to easily explore the goals and actions of OFA and track progress toward those goals. [Sommaire en Français]

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Opportunities for Action establishes a plan for coordinated action by Federal, State, and Provincial jurisdictions within the Basin, and public stakeholders, to restore and protect water quality and the diverse natural and cultural resources of the Lake Champlain Basin. Successful implementation of the plan will be achieved by developing many joint partnerships among natural resource agencies, citizens, and other Lake and watershed stakeholders, to achieve the actions described herein.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has worked to involve the public and to respond to current management, research, and monitoring needs in developing and implementing OFA since 1991. In the current revision, partners have committed to specific management tasks based on funding available in 2010 and anticipated in subsequent years; however, additional needed tasks have been identified at the end of each chapter to be addressed as funding opportunities become available. The new online format will encourage accountability in the accomplishment of these tasks and allow for the integration of an adaptive management process, a structured method for updating the plan as new information becomes available. This approach will allow OFA to remain current in a continual evolving process to protect and restore the Lake Champlain ecosystem.

For more information about using this online management plan, please see “How to Use This Resource.”

The OFA website was officially launched in late December 2010. We are working hard to update the status of the tasks that listed within each of the OFA chapters, as well as success stories. Thanks for your patience!
~LCBP Staff.

War of 1812 Interpretive Trail in the Champlain Valley

In 2012, the communities in the Champlain Valley will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. A decisive American victory at the Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814 ended a British invasion, marked the last naval battle of the conflict, and gave the United States a stronger standing for the peace treaty that ended the war. While largely overlooked, the War of 1812 solidified the United States as a sovereign nation, spurred Canadian nationalism, and set the stage for the modern American political system.

The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) worked with partners in New York and Vermont to develop a series of bilingual (English and French) interpretive signs to provide a better understanding of the conflict and its aftermath. The CVNHP unveiled the War of 1812 Interpretive Trail on September 5, 2011, just prior to the Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend in Plattsburgh, NY. Wayside exhibits interpret the British land invasion from Quebec, including locations of the Army’s encampments, various headquarters, and field hospitals. Additional interpretive signs describe the land skirmishes between the King’s troops and American forces. Other wayside exhibits interpret the U.S.S. Saratoga, the survey of the U.S./Canadian border following the war, and the lives of African-Americans at the time.

The CVNHP provided translation and design assistance along with complete fabricated interpretive signs—an estimated $1,500 value—at 11 sites. Each new sign includes a “QR code” for use by smartphones. The project was partially funded through a partnership with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

-LCBP

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