When: Wednesday, May 25, 7-9 am
Where: VLT Hill-Robert property in Starksboro
(Meeting place to be determined.)
Preregistration: Register online
Join us for a spring bird walk at the Hill-Robert property in Starksboro, owned by the Vermont Land Trust. VLT forester Caitlin Cusack and Audubon biologist Steve Hagenbuch will lead a fun and laid-back morning.
Participants will learn about VLT's plans to integrate timber production with songbird habitat. We'll identify birds and spring wildflowers while visiting the land's unique natural communities.
This 72-acre property was donated to VLT by Constance and Jean Robert in 1986. Here, there are interesting natural features, including rich northern hardwood forest, seepage forest, and seepage wetland.
Co-sponsored by the Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Coverts. Photo: Hermit Thrush by Bob Heiser
When: Thursday, April 28, 6 pm
Where: North Country Career Center, Newport
Bluffside Farm, 129-acre property located on Indian Point and visible from downtown Newport, is the focus of a conservation project spearheaded by the Vermont Land Trust. Following public walking tours of the property held in January, we have scheduled three public meetings to learn more about what the community would like to see happen on the land.
The meetings are being held in partnership with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association and are being facilitated by Karen Geraghty, Economic Development Specialist for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.
The first meeting was held on March 29. It included breakout groups to explore cultural and natural resources, health and recreation, agriculture and food production, and education. You can read a summary of these discussions here. The April 28 and May 26 meetings will continue these conversations and delve in possible scenarios for future ownership.
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Read the full press release here.
VLT has scheduled two additional tours in April:
Bluffside Farm’s Natural Resources Tour
April 21 at 4 pm with Dan Kilborn, VLT Forester and Allaire Diamond, VLT Ecologist
Bluffside Farm’s Agricultural Resources
April 25 at 4 pm with Jon Ramsay, VLT’s Farmland Access Director
For both tours, arrive at the farm by 4 pm and plan on at least an hour walk on uneven terrain. Please leave dogs at home.
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