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Gale Meadows Wildlife Management AreaFor Immediate Release: January 4, 2017

Winhall and Jamaica – The Gale Meadows Wildlife Management Area grew by nearly 200 acres when the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department bought forestland in Winhall and Jamaica and conserved it with the Vermont Land Trust. Now, with the added land, both wildlife and the public can enjoy over 900 acres of permanently conserved land.

Kehler propertyFor immediate release: December 22, 2016

Greensboro -- Brothers Andy and Mateo Kehler purchased 51 acres in Greensboro and conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust as part of their effort to expand their cheese businesses at the Cellars at Jasper Hill.

Farmland looking over lakeFor immediate release: December 21, 2016

Morgan – Jim and Sharlyn Jordan conserved 514 acres of Lake Seymour Farm. They have operated this dairy farm for over 30 years. Now that the property is protected, it will remain available for future agricultural and forestry uses. The Vermont Land Trust purchased a conservation easement from the Jordans with funding from the Freeman Foundation; this legal agreement protects the land for agriculture by limiting development and subdivision.

Joan Wortman and Matt DeomeFor immediate release: December 19, 2016

Randolph—As Joan Wortman neared retirement, she wanted to make sure her land would continue to be farmed and well cared for.

Joan protected the farm from development with the Vermont Land Trust, which also helped find a new farmer to buy the land. She also worked with the land trust and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to sell conservation restrictions along two-thirds of a mile of the Second Branch of the White River, which will improve water quality and flood resiliency.

Rick and Kelly Clough with dogFor immediate release: December 12, 2016

Ryegate – Kelly and Rick Clough protected a section of the Wells River, to help improve water quality and flood resilience. This is the largest river protection project that the State of Vermont and the Vermont Land Trust have worked on to date—it creates an 84-acre ‘corridor’ within which the river can change its path without interference.

Gihon RiverFor immediate release: December 13, 2016

Johnson— Increasingly, farmers, state and federal natural resource professionals, and conservation groups have been addressing flood resiliency and water quality concerns with conservation measures such as river corridor easements.

In Johnson, dairy farmer Warren Rankin of Top Rankin Farm worked with the Vermont Land Trust, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to protect a half mile of Gihon River frontage by selling conservation restrictions on 12 riverside acres.

Begiebings and VLT staff at vernal pool

For immediate release: December 7, 2016

Sharon  Three sisters—Linda Begiebing, Prudence Finn, and Charbra Jestin—recently donated a conservation easement on 72 acres of family land in Sharon to the Vermont Land Trust.

Located in the northeast corner of town off Sugarhouse Road, this remote tract of forest was purchased by the sisters’ ancestor Isaac Simonds in 1822. For many years it was used as a sheep farm. Evidence of the stone walls that surrounded the farm are still visible in the forest, as is the foundation of the Simonds’ family homestead.

River buffer planting

Troy—Young dairy farmers Ben Moulton and Amanda Taylor worked with the Vermont Land Trust and the Department of Environmental Conservation to protect more than a mile of Missisquoi River frontage by selling conservation restrictions on 38 acres abutting the river.

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