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Conservation Stories

Boy feeding calf with bottleDairy Farming Past and Present

From acquiring new land to saving a family farm. Three farms, twenty years, three conservation stories. Read more.

 

The Value of Vermont's Forests

Two stories: After 60 years of forest management, a couple conserves 2,700 acres, and  how conservation furthered one family's maple business. Read more.

 

Chuck BohnDonating Conservation Easements

Landowners in Marshfield, Londonderry, and Underhill share their stories about why they donated easements on their land. Read more.

 

group in fieldA Team Effort: Kimball Farm

A group of 27 neighbors band together to buy and conserve land for a nearby farmer Ferrisburgh . Read more.

 

About the Vermont Land Trust

field and riverWe all have our own favorite places in Vermont - 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 1,775 parcels of land covering more than 535,000 acres, or about eight percent of the private, undeveloped land in the state.

This conserved land includes more than 775 working farms, hundreds of thousands of acres of productive forestland, and numerous parcels of community land

In this time we have found that development pressures have only increased, threatening to make farms unaffordable and to fragment our state’s forests.

If we don’t continue 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!

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