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Sandy and Pieter, VLT forester 

One Family’s Experience with Timber Harvesting

Among Vermont’s early settlers, the Kent family came to Wallingford seeking prosperity from its virgin forests, clear streams, and glacial soils. The land gave them enough to build a lasting homestead, and a family of educators, naturalists, musicians, orchardists, and farmers. In turn, they poured heart and soul into a life of hard work in dairy barns, farm fields, sugarhouses, and woodlots.

It’s a way of life that has continued since “my great-great-great grandparents settled in the adjacent lot and then one of their sons, Austin, and his wife Julia Elma, acquired this place in 1832,” explains Sandy Witherell, who with sister, Virginia Carpenter, carries on a five-generation legacy of forest management.

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VLT is Hiring!
We have two openings in our Community Relations department. Read more.

High Meadows Farm

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

Berthiaume Farm

Organic Dairy Farm for Sale in Fairfax
VLT is selling the 326-acre Berthiaume Farm. Read more.

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St. Johnsbury/Waterford Farm for Sale
VLT is selling the 35-acre Patenaude 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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Baldwin Creek Health Protected
A river corridor easement on land that abuts the creek will provide an important floodplain. Read more.


Well-Known Organic Vegetable Farm Conserved
Paul Harlow of Harlow Farm conserved his Westminster farm with the Vermont Land Trust. Read more.


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