Access to the Land
In Vermont, it is often said that we have a unique physical and spiritual connection to the land. It is the work of the Vermont Land Trust to strengthen these connections by creating opportunities for people to be on the land. We are fortunate to have access to so many acres of vibrant forestland and productive farms; it’s no wonder that people feel such deep ties. Our landscape invites us to enjoy it.
In this annual report, we share the story of an amazing grassroots effort to protect 1,144 acres that are home to well-loved and well-trod Nordic and backcountry trails. We also share the pride of assisting the Nulhegan Abenaki with tribal land ownership, something they have not experienced in more than 200 years. We invite you to learn about an innovative project that is connecting refugees with farmland. And, we share the stories of landowners considering the needs of wildlife as they manage their forestland.
The scope of what had to be done to protect these lands and many other places in Vermont was remarkable, and inspires a feeling of accomplishment in all the people who made these projects possible.
At VLT we appreciate that our role supports the work of many others; we relish this role and are eager to share with you our commitment to securing access to the land.
When we think about access, we think about it broadly: we think it’s important for farmers to have access to affordable farmland, for communities to have cultural and spiritual access to land central to their lives, and for animals and birds to have access to the land they need to eat, breed, and survive as a species.
Conservation is a way to make farms more affordable to farmers, establish community forests, protect wildlife habitat, secure acres of connected forestland, and protect the water quality of rivers and wetlands.
Please take a moment to read the stories and perhaps reflect on what Vermont's land means to you. After all, it was your support that made so much of this work possible. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to seeing you on the land.:
- Recreation for All: Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry
- A Return to Farming: Pine Island Farm
- Connecting Neighbors to Habitat: Cold Hollow to Canada
- Reunion with the Land: Nulheganaki Tribal Forest
- Balancing Timber and Habitat
You can also read the full annual report by contacting our office at (802) 223-5234, e-mailing us, or downloading PDFs here.