The New Haven River Anglers Association came into existence on March 16, 1981. On January 17, 1992 the NHRAA registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a Vermont Non-profit Corporation. The aims and purposes of the NHRAA are to improve the New Haven fishery, to encourage the management of trout for their benefit rather than for the recreational fisherperson, to promote youthful anglers through education and to work against pollution of clean water in all its forms.
The NHRAA meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00p.m. The meeting is typically held at the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury, Vermont. The annual dues are $20.00 per year for a family membership and $15.00 for individual. A free junior membership is provided to any person who is fourteen years old and under. These meetings are publicized in local newspapers. The public is always invited to attend and participate at these meetings. The meeting consists of a business meeting and a guest speaker addressing the broad spectrum of conservation and angling themes.
The NHRAA has always taken a proactive approach concerning educational, environmental and fish and wildlife issues. Some educational projects the NHRAA have involved themselves are, the annual offering of (3)($325.00) scholarships to the three surrounding schools for high school seniors who will be attending a college and majoring in a field related to the natural resources, the annual youth night held at the July monthly meeting and assisting the Mount Abraham science department with classes that collect and identify data on the New Haven river. The NHRAA has established a River Watch program in alliance with the Mount Abraham science department Periodically the anglers set up educational booths with the Audubon society and the Addison Conservation Congress. The NHRAA conduct annual fly tying classes and fly-casting clinics. Many NHRAA members visit local schools to demonstrate fly tying and to show movies involving river ecosystems and how this delicate balance affects the salmonid species. Afterwards an interactive discussion with the students evolves concerning environmental and conservation issues.
The NHRAA has a close communication and working relationship with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. They have publicly supported the Fish and Wildlife’s new fisheries management plan by testifying at many of the public hearings during the summer of 1993. The NHRAA assists the department in the rearing and stocking of trout species in the New Haven River as well as "shock" surveys of the fish populations in the New Haven River.
The NHRAA is actively involved in many environmental issues and projects. Some environmental projects they have accomplished are: annual river clean up with the assistance of local schools and scouting organizations, riparian projects such as the planting of willows, installation of "rip rap" with the assistant of SCS and the mending of cattle fences along the New Haven river. The group has aided the USFS in the restoration of stream habitat structures in the New Haven River along the periphery of The Green Mountain National Forest. In 1987 the NHRAA received The Stanford Miller Club Award for its contribution to education and conservation. The NHRAA has a close working relationship with Addison County Community Trust and The Middlebury Land Trust. In 1992 the NHRAA was donated 2.1 acres of land on the New Haven River to continue the stewardship for preservation and conservation of the resource. The NHRAA is also an affiliated member of the Fly Fishing Federation, Trout Unlimited, and The Vermont Watershed Coalition and is currently participating on the advisory council for The Friends Of The Mad River in conjunction with the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The Anglers are currently involved in an intensive river survey to collect data to help facilitate a plan for future stream habitat restoration projects. This plan will be designed with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
Our funds are dedicated within the compliance of the 501(c)(3) code.