Phosphorus levels in Lake Champlain are above the allowable standards, and though Vermont has taken important steps toward reducing run off in the last ten years, much more needs to be done. To achieve our target load for the Lake of 570 metric tons per year, Vermont needs to reduce phosphorus run off from 613 metric tons to 415 metric tons, a reduction of 34%. Research has demonstrated that unstable streambank buffers, including those along farm fields, are a significant contributor to water pollution and that planting trees along our rivers and streams is a simple way to reduce pollution.

The Intervale Conservation Nursery was founded in 2002 and is dedicated to growing native, locally sourced trees and shrubs for riparian restoration projects throughout Vermont. Our plants are grown in an ecologically sound manner without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The Nursery works with landowners, farmers, watershed organizations and government agencies to restore and protect Vermont’s waters.

In addition to growing trees, the Intervale Conservation Nursery provides planting services for riparian buffer zones and storm water management projects. Our crews are skilled in handling bare root trees, reducing the rate of desiccation and ensuring that there is minimal time and handling before they are planted into the ground.

We have partnered with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement a monitoring program of riparian restoration projects throughout Vermont.

Learn more about monitoring tree health and bird use of restoration sites.

Check out our 2019 catalog! 

Fall 2019 Nursery Availability!

Please contact Mike Ingalls at or 802-660-0440 x 114 to order plants or for more information about planting projects.

Funding for the Intervale Conservation Nursery in 2018 was provided by Gottesman Fund, Lake Champlain Basin Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patagonia,, Waterwheel Foundation, Keurig Dr Pepper, and generous individual donors.

Click on the video below to learn more about our Conservation Nursery and our partnership with Patagonia Burlington!