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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

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.

Conserved land in Rupert

New Permanent Tax Incentives to Encourage Conservation
Congress passed permanent tax incentives that encourage the donation of conservation easements. Learn more.

Miller Brook

Part of Miller Brook Protected for Water Quality
At the Kaiser Farm in Stowe, future conservation will include protections for the brook. Learn more.

green mountains

VLT and The Nature Conservancy Selling Forestland
Proceeds from the sales will support additional forestland protection throughout Vermont. Learn more.


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