We all have our own favorite places in Vermontâ€”places we hope will stay as they are today. Whether these places are dairy or vegetable farms, forests or wetlands, sledding hills or swimming spots, the Vermont Land Trust is working to protect the land that gives Vermont its rural character and makes our state so special.
Since 1977, we have permanently conserved more than 1,650 parcels of land covering more than 500,000 acres, or about eight percent of the private, undeveloped land in the state. The conserved land includes more than 700 working farms, hundreds of thousands of acres of productive forestland, and numerous parcels of community land.
Highlights from 2012
In this time we have found that development pressures have only increased, threatening to make farms unaffordable and to fragment our stateâ€™s forests. If we donâ€™t continue to strive to protect the places important to us all, Vermont could look very different, even in our lifetimes. Thanks to the commitment of our 5,000-plus members, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and the many foundations that support us, we feel optimistic about the future of our working landscape.
As a member-supported, nonprofit 501(c)(3) land conservation organization operating five regional offices throughout the state, we provide technical and legal assistance to individuals, communities, and local land trusts to help them achieve their conservation objectives. We also have an ongoing stewardship relationship with landowners to ensure that conservation goals are upheld in perpetuity
The conservation work of the Vermont Land Trust changes the lives of families, invigorates farms, launches new businesses, maintains scenic vistas, encourages recreational opportunities, and fosters a renewed sense of community.
We invite you to join us in this effort and become a member of VLT!