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Experiencing the Land First Hand

Residents of southwestern Vermont, who have skated on Lake Paran in Shaftsbury in the winter, have swum in its cool waters in the summertime, and held weddings and picnics in its lakeside pavilion, almost lost a large portion of the shoreline to development back in 2004.

“I was at Lake Paran one day and overheard people talking about a parcel of land that was going to get sold,” says VLT’s Donald Campbell. “It turned out to be everything you could see, a big, natural stretch of land bordering the lake.”

“It was not an idle threat,” says Rob Woolmington, who is president of the Fund for North Bennington, Inc. (FNB), a nonprofit engaged in land conservation and other ventures that provide recreational, social, and educational benefits to the town. “The owner had permits for the project. It would have changed the character of the lake completely.”

Donald, who had skated there in his childhood, set out to find a solution. Read more


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Middlebury College’s Historic Bread Loaf Campus to Be Conserved
2,100 acres in the Green Mountains will be protected. Read more.

High Meadows Farm

Farm for Sale in Dummerston
VLT is selling the 151-acre HMA Farm. Read more.


Farm Sold and River Access Protected
The Rankin and Jones families have purchased the former Hooper Farm in Johnson. Read more.

White River

Bethel River Frontage Protected
Chuck Davis has worked with VLT and the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation to conserve 89 acres of land along the Third Branch of the White River. Read more.

field The Fuller Farm is now conserved and the Bristol Gateway project is complete!
Thanks to over 200 local donors and businesses the project was a great success! Learn more about the project.
VLT to buy and conserve 6,000 acres of Worcester Woods
This scenic forest is rich in wildlife and important to the local economy. Read more.

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