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
- Stewarding the Land: Landowners Battle Invasive Plants (Westminster & Brattleboro)
- Enjoying the Land: Kingdom Trails & Mud Pond Country Park (Lyndon & Williston)
- Growing on the Land: A Family Farm Revitalized (Roots Too Farm, St. Johnsbury)
- Sharing the Land: Burlington's Newest Park (Burlington College)
- Learning from the Land: Merck Forest and Farmland Center (Rupert)