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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


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.

Land Steward Award

VLT Recognizes Students with Award
Five students across Vermont were honored for their dedication to agriculture and forestry with the Land Steward Award. Read more.


Pollinator Workshop
Learn how to create diverse habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects. Read more.


Dorset Quarries and Town Forest Conserved
The Town of Dorset purchased and conserved 247 acres to protect natural, historic, and recreational resources. Read more.

Town Forest

Shared Spaces: Protecting Town Forests
Learn how conservation can secure these precious public resources in our latest newsletter feature. Read more.

Melanie and Pat Harrison

Addison Farmers Conserve Over 400 Acres
Melanie and Pat Harrison conserved their land, where they keep a herd of more than 200 cows. Learn more.


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