TechFoundation Inc., a public charity based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, awarded a $10,000 TechGrant to the Vermont Land Trust to buy equipment that will allow for on-the-ground accurate mapping capabilities. Read more.
A historic hill farm in Fayston is being revived as a working farm. Today, valley-based farmers and food entrepreneurs Sebastian von Trapp, Georgia von Trapp, and Joey Nagy purchased the former Tenney Farm from the Vermont Land Trust. Read more.
The three children of Caroline Fritzinger and her late husband, Noel Fritzinger, donated a conservation easement on 85 acres of woodlands. The family’s multi-generation commitment to conservation runs deep. Caroline and Noel protected 235 acres in Weston between 1998 and 2003. Read more.
Posted January 6, 2016
For years, people have enjoyed Mud Pond Country Park’s trails, in addition to more than a mile of trails located on a privately owned neighboring property. When a six-lot subdivision was proposed for the private land, VLT partnered with the Town of Williston to buy the parcel as an addition to the park. Read more.
More bears than people inhabit an area of the state known as the Chateauguay, which covers 60,000 acres in Barnard, Bridgewater, Stockbridge, Killington and a small part of Pittsfield. The Vermont Land Trust and its partners have been working with landowners in this area for over 15 years to protect natural resources and ecological values. Most recently, Barnard resident Marty Bell donated a conservation easement on 83 acres along Smith Hill Road to the Vermont Land Trust. Read more.
In the past four decades, more than 135,500 acres have been protected with the Vermont Land Trust by generous landowners who donated conservation restrictions on their properties. The three families who recently conserved their land manage their properties for various purposes including timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, stream and wetlands protection, and scenic appeal. Read more.
This season of giving has brought a lasting present to those who enjoy Vermont’s landscape of forests and farmland. The Merck Forest and Farmland Center worked in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust to permanently protect more than 2,600 acres in Rupert, bringing the total number of protected acres to approximately 3,000. Read more.
In response to community support in Newport City, Vermont, the Vermont Land Trust purchased the 129-acre Bluffside Farm on December 22, 2015. VLT will be a temporary owner of the farm in order to create time to work with the Newport community on a long-term ownership plan. Read more.
Posted December 21, 2015
Farmers Danielle Allen and Ben Dana conserved 28 acres of excellent farmland along the Connecticut River, where they grow certified organic vegetables. "It's an honor to be able to farm on these soils and it's important to us to preserve this as a working farm for future generations,” said Danielle. Read more.
Posted December 21, 2015
After farming their Fairfax land for more than 25 years, Walter and Diane Berthiaume decided to work with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve the property and find new farmers to buy the farm. Read more.
Posted December 4, 2015
Vermont is the fourth most forested state in the country, and so it is sometimes difficult to recognize the urgency of protecting this cherished resource. Read stories about VLT's forestland conservation work in our 2014-15 Annual Report.