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Summer 2022 BVA Newsletter

Our Summer newsletter features articles about Butternut Valley history, the BVA Visionary Scholar Award and the Summer Harvest Festival.


Upcoming events include a Riparian Stewardship Day, Sept. 24, the New Lisbon Gravel Grinder, Oct. 1, a second presentation on Mills in the Butternut Valley, Oct. 19 and our Annual Meeting, Nov. 12. See events calendar for details.


BVA and Morris Historical Association hosted a talk -

Mills II, How They Work

By Tom Washbon

On Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm

at the Morris Fire House

Attendance was in person or by Zoom

"Terrific presentation. Technical details, visual, audio surprisingly good. Tom so well prepared. Will tune in again." - Chris Sadlocha

Watch a recording of the program here:

Mills II - YouTube recording

Watch a recording of the first Mills presentation at this link Mills I YouTube recording

(Image at left: Bailey’s Mills, Bailey Road, Morris, NY, circa 1900)

Butternut Valley Alliance Members and Friends,

As the holiday season begins, we are grateful to you for furthering our mission ~ to make the Butternut Valley watershed an even better place to live, work and play. 


LIVE ~ This year, you helped support two creek restoration projects. We teamed up with Upper Susquehanna Coalition to plant over 200 trees on a Wetland Trust property along the Butternut. We also hauled out agricultural plastic that has clogged one of our creeks since the flood of 2021. To date we have removed over 8000 pounds of material. These efforts help to increase permanent open space, assist flood mitigation, and promote water quality ~ making the Butternut Valley a great place to live. 


WORK ~ Our programs, like the New Lisbon Gravel Grinder attract visitors from around the state to explore our landscapes and enjoy local shops, restaurants and accommodations. We hope our local economy gains from these small-scale placemaking endeavors.


PLAY ~ On the Trail of Art engaged student, professional and amateur artists to exhibit together in our annual “gallery in the forest”. It was a weekend of community and fun in Basswood Pond State Forest.


In 2023, we will embark on two new trail building projects in the General Jacob Morris State Forest and along Calhoun Creek. Programs like these are investments in our community. We encourage you to invest in the Butternut Valley Alliance. 

It’s a fact of life that our small organization is dependent on our members and friends for financial support, small and large. Your support pays for our part-time staff to schedule, organize, and do the work of the BVA alongside our volunteers as well as fund programs and events. 


Please consider giving generously today. Every dollar stays here in the watershed and helps build a healthy community for us all. 



With our thanks,



Ed Lentz Michele Farwell

Board President Executive Director


BVA is a 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt, not-for-profit corporation – your donation is tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code

On the Trail of Art 2022

This year's Art Trail took place on June 11 and 12 at the Basswood Pond State Forest in Burlington, NY. The show featured works from Butternut Valley artists and school children from Morris Central School, Edmeston Central School and Gilbertsville/Mount Upton Central School. A 3/4 mile trail in the forest was transformed for one weekend into an outdoor gallery.

On the Trail of Art

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The Butternut Valley Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to encourage the Butternut Creek watershed to become an even better place to live, work, and play. Our activities connect communities, protect the environment, and promote the arts.

Leading the Butternut Creek watershed toward a sustainable future.
PO Box 43
Morris, NY  13808