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Shared Spaces: Securing the Future of Town Forests

Canaan Town Forest

Story by Will Lindner

On a chilly February morning, forester Jeff Smith led a dozen people through the Barre Town Forest to demonstrate the town’s multi-year tree-harvesting project. The 370-acre property inhabits an area where, a century and more ago, granite quarries proliferated. In time, the quarries became inactive, and the farms dwindled too. The forest returned.

The Barre Town Forest is one of 168 municipally owned forests in Vermont. While these forests provide recreation, education, and timber income, surprisingly only 20 percent are permanently conserved, which guarantees their future as a town forest...read more.

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Many businesses that depend on conserved land receive essential support form the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. One of those businesses, Maple Wind Farm, is featured in the video below. Working Lands grants have helped expand and improve the food and timber economy across Vermont...watch to learn more!



What's New with VLT

View of Willoughby Gap

NEK Dairy Family Buys Farm
Adam and Heather Moulton bought the former Perry farm in Brownington through VLT's Farmland Access Program. Read more.

Bagley Farmstead

Granville Farm for Sale
The Bagley Farm along Route 100 is for sale through VLT's Farmland Access Program. Read more.


Artist Leaves Conservation Legacy
Barbara Kaufman of Woodstock expressed her love of the land by conserving 187 acres through her will. Read more.

Tree planting

Section of Dog River Protected
Rogers Farmstead worked with many conservation organizations to further protect the Dog River's floodplain. Read more.

Calais farm for sale

Calais Farm for Sale
The Armstrong farm, a former dairy, is for sale through VLT's Farmland Access Program. Learn more and apply.

Chaput Farm

Farmland Conserved in Northeast VT
Two dairy families worked with VLT to conserved land in Newport and Troy. Read more.

maple leaf

2000+ Acres Sold 
VLT and The Nature Conservancy sold forestland to the Branons to expand their sugaring business. Read more.


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