In 2008, the Vermont Land Trust’s Board of Trustees developed a list of the central outcomes and purposes of our organization after discussions among the trustees, staff, members, landowners, and partners. These principles guide us when we weigh investments of resources in our effort to best serve current and future residents and visitors to Vermont.
The mission of the Vermont Land Trust is to conserve land for the future of Vermont.
In our effort to protect Vermont’s rural economy and way of life, our work focuses on community, farmland, and forestland conservation.
We seek to support traditional settlement patterns, people’s physical and spiritual connection to the natural world, renewable energy production that meets community needs, and opportunities for public access.
We seek to protect and assure the long-term affordability of owner-operated family farms with productive agricultural soils that host viable agricultural enterprises. Our farmland conservation work encompasses operations of various types and scales and reaches out to farms with close connections to communities and consumers. This includes farms that help to diversify our agricultural economy and produce food to meet our regional needs. Recognizing that climate change presents both challenges and opportunities to farmers, we will support efforts to both mitigate climate change and adapt farming practices to the reality of a warming world.
We seek to protect large blocks of forestland that bolster our forest economy, and to help create smaller-scale community forests including locally owned forestland that contributes to community sense of place. We also recognize the importance of forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Our guiding principles were developed in three phases. Our first policy (called an "ends policy") was adopted in 1998. In 2004, we revised our agricultural ends policy. In 2005, we developed a land ethic (below), which guided a revision of our ends policy in 2008. Most recently, in 2011, climate change principles were integrated into our ends policy. What you see above is a summary of the current policy; the complete policy can be downloaded in PDF format here.
The Vermont Land Trust's Board of Trustees developed this "land ethic" to guide the work of the organization and to help when making decisions about the allocation of resources.
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