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Barbara Kaufmans SculpturesFor immediate release: July 11, 2016

Woodstock — During her lifetime, Barbara Kaufman—a talented artist known for her sculptures—decided to conserve 187 acres with the Vermont Land Trust through her will. After her passing in September 2015, her vision of protecting the land was achieved when it was formally conserved this June.

Volunteers plant treesFor immediate release: July 6, 2016

Berlin—The Dog River runs through Rogers Farmstead, where owners Nate and Jessie Rogers improved its riverbanks by partnering with conservation organizations and volunteers. They worked with the Vermont Land Trust, US Fish and Wildlife, the Mad River chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Friends of the Winooski River to create a protected, wooded area along the river.

Chaput family farmFor immediate release: June 30, 2016

Newport and Troy -- Two family dairies—one large and one small—worked with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve farmland in Newport and Troy. In both cases, selling conservation restrictions helped to offset the expense of recently purchased farmland. The projects were funded in part through a new federal program aimed at protecting the Lake Champlain watershed.

maple leafFor immediate release: June 27, 2016

Forestland Sold by Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy

Bakersfield -- The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy sold 2,080 acres of forestland in Bakersfield. This is the first parcel to sell since the two groups announced they would be selling forestland held jointly as the Atlas Timberlands Partnership. The land was permanently conserved at the time of the sale.

Scrag MountainFor immediate release: June 21, 2016

Waitsfield -- Thanks to a large grant just awarded by the United States Forest Service (USFS) Community Forest Program, the Town of Waitsfield has a one-time opportunity to enhance its Scrag Town Forest by buying an important adjacent parcel and permanently conserving it in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust. This 110-acre parcel, owned by Howard and Judy Saffan at the end of Bowen Road, is critical for improving public access and other important community values of the Scrag Forest.

Shawnna Vander Wey and family

For immediate release: June 17, 2016

Montpelier – Five Vermont juniors and seniors recently received the Land Stewards Award from the Vermont Land Trust. This award, now in its eleventh year, acknowledges the hard work of tomorrow’s agricultural and forestry leaders with an unrestricted cash prize of $250.

The students who won the award demonstrated a deep commitment to the disciplines of forestry or agriculture. Their future paths all involve working with the land and its natural resources. The award honors hard work, initiative, and academic excellence in Vermont’s vocational agriculture and forestry programs, which are vital to Vermont’s future.

March community meetingFor immediate release: April 18, 2016

Newport -- Bluffside Farm, a 129-acre property located on Indian Point and visible from downtown, is the focus of a conservation project spearheaded by the Vermont Land Trust.

A multi-part series of public meetings to gather public input was announced in March. The first meeting was held on March 29. The second is scheduled for April 28.

Melanie and Pat HarrisonFor immediate release: April 15, 2016

Addison -- After years of dairy farming in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Pat and Melanie Harrison couldn’t find an affordable farm of their own because of the intense competition for land there. They looked all over the northeast, before bringing their dairy herd to Addison in 2007. Now, they’ve worked with the Vermont Land Trust to permanently conserve the land for farming with a conservation easement that limits development and keeps the farmland affordable for future farmers.

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