Delaney Farm, Wells: A town rallies to save lakeside farm and forestland. Read more.
Kingsbury Farm, Warren and Waitsfield: The Mad River Valley community, the Vermont Foodbank, and VLT joined to revitalize a farm and provide local food to those in need. Read more.
The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: After 30 years of growth, the market decided it needed to have land of its own. Read more.
Camp DREAM, Fletcher: The DREAM program purchased land for a summer camp for kids who live in affordable housing. Read more.
Within walking distance of Main Street in North Bennington is 35-acre Lake Paran, the village’s primary recreation center for nearly a century.
In the village of Enosburg Falls, within sight of the schools and a quick walk from the green is an incredible stretch of land along the curve of the Missisquoi River—owned by Abraham and Jean Brown and their four children—that is used as a town forest with walking trails.
In the town of Marshfield a scenic, mostly forested 620-acre parcel is used for recreation, education, and sugaring and as a resource that all members of the community can enjoy.
Each of these places was protected by individuals working together towards a common goal, leveraging the community’s knowledge and energy, and with the tools of land conservation.
Community conservation occurs when residents want to protect a forest, swimming hole, sledding hill, trail, or ball field that reflects the character of their community.
VLT has worked with dozens of families and communities to protect these unique resources that reflect their sense of place. In Vermont there is tremendous support for conservation because most towns have experienced the impact of conservation on their community. Many know what happens when a beloved farm goes on the market or when a valuable parcel of forestland is about to change hands.
Community conservation projects protect open spaces, which offer a shared experience that will benefit the community today and in the future.
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