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Featured Stories in Our Latest Annual Report

Burning bush branchStewarding the Land

While VLT is working on outreach and education about invasive species across the state, many landowners are also taking matters into their own hands. Read more.


Mountain bikersEnjoying the Land

VLT helped two popular mountain biking destinations prevent beloved trail systems from becoming developed. Read more.


Susan Monahan with veggiesGrowing on the Land

Susan Monahan is revitalizing a farm in St. Johnsbury through VLT's Farmland Access Program. Read more.


Couple walking on trailsSharing the Land

Burlington's new 12-acre city park was the product of collaboration and community input. Read more.


Lambs at MerckLearning from the Land

Merck Forest & Farmland Center conserved 2,600 acres in Rupert. Read more.



Cover of the annual report, forest canopy

Experiencing the Land

In our conservation work, we find that we are like geographers, understanding how culture, economics, and the earth’s physical features impact our interaction with the land across time and place. Over the past 40 years, we have learned that a unique appreciation of place becomes truly anchored when people experience the land, personally.

Even in our small state, land is as diverse as the people who use it. We may relate most to a beloved trail that runs through a forest or along a riverbank. We may be most attached to a farm where we can buy food grown right in our own town. Or we may feel most at home at an urban park with open space to run and play. These are just a few of the types of places that the Vermont Land Trust has protected this year with our partners. So whether our favorite spot is a landmark well known to travelers and locals, or the place where we first saw a moose in the northern forest, we can’t separate our love for Vermont from how we choose to personally experience it.

We will continue to work with others to protect the land, and all that makes it special, to ensure that future generations will have an opportunity to enjoy it, as we have. To our members and partners, we appreciate the many ways you experience Vermont. There are so many wonderful places here; we encourage you to continue to step outside and build your experience quotient.

Read this year's featured stories of people experiencing the land through conservation, or see below for a snapshot look at the big-picture impact of our work from 2015-16

You can also read the full annual report by downloading PDFs here. To request a copy, contact our office at (802) 223-5234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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