As we considered our work over the past year, the words that came to mind were inspiration and innovation.
At the Vermont Land Trust, it is easy to find inspiration in our work. We find inspiration in our landscape, in our conversations with landowners and members, and in our work with conservation partners. This inspiration in turn motivates us to innovate—to turn creative ideas into action.
We innovate through our Farmland Access Program, which helps people who want to farm find affordable, productive farmland. We also innovate through partnerships, as we did to protect several miles of land for farming, water quality, habitat, and recreation along the Connecticut River. We support innovative approaches by landowners who want to find new ways to keep Vermont’s farming tradition alive.
Without the right combination of courage, expertise, flexibility, and social capital, conservation ideas are only possibilities.
This coming year, we are sure to surpass the milestone of more than 550,000 acres of land protected. We know that for VLT to continue to support Vermont’s future, we must continue to listen, question, and refine our ideas. We cannot predict the future, so we must be comfortable with uncertainty. We also must act with confidence that conservation can protect the stage that is the future for Vermont.
We can make a shared commitment with you. As members, landowners, donors, and partners, we ask that you please continue to inspire us. In turn we will continue to strive to innovate.
Please take a moment to read the stories from the most recent annual report. After all, it was your support that made so much of this work possible.
- Protecting Our Farms and Rivers
- Applying Science to Conservation
- Getting New Farmers on the Land
- Advancing Ecological Protections
- Exploring New Ways to Farm
You can also read the full annual report by contacting our office at (802) 223-5234, e-mailing us, or downloading PDFs here.