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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.

Dorset QuarryDorset— This week, the Town of Dorset bought 247 acres of well-loved land, and conserved it with the Vermont Land Trust to protect its natural resources, cultural heritage, and recreation opportunities.

This land—with its popular hiking trails and historic marble quarries—has now become part of the Owl’s Head Town Forest. The three historic quarries there were among the first marble quarries in North America. The Gettysburg Quarry is known for having supplied the headstones for Civial War soldiers.

Miller BrookFor immediate release: April 11, 2016

Land trusts team up with Kaiser Farm and Department of Environmental Conservation

Stowe, VT— The 49-acre Kaiser Farm is nestled into Stowe’s picturesque Nebraska Valley. Christine Kaiser has farmed there for decades, producing eggs, pork, chicken, and goat milk in the valley’s meadows. Christine has managed her grassland and barnyards with an eye towards water quality because Miller Brook passes through the land. She is now working with Vermont Land Trust (VLT), Stowe Land Trust (SLT), and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conserve the farm and make sure the stream is permanently protected.

aerial view of green mountainsFor immediate release: March 21, 2016

Proceeds Will Support further Forestland Protection in Vermont

Montpelier, VT -- The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy announced they will sell up to 13 parcels of forestland they own as the Atlas Timberland Partnership, a joint venture the organizations formed in 1997.

The properties encompass 23,691 acres and span 10 Vermont towns: Bakersfield, Belvidere, Craftsbury, Eden, Elmore, Jay, Lowell, Montgomery, Richford, and Westfield.

All parcels will remain undeveloped working forestland, and will be protected with conservation easements held by the Vermont Land Trust that will provide for continued public access. Proceeds from the sales will support additional forestland protection throughout Vermont.

The Ceglowski's conserved land in RupertFor immediate release: March 9, 2016

Montpelier -- The Vermont Land Trust is pleased to announce that Congress passed permanent tax incentives that encourage the donation of conservation easements, which limit development on farmland and forests.

Private landowners have protected nearly 136,000 acres in Vermont by generously donating the development rights to the Vermont Land Trust. The new incentives will help landowners get the full potential of their tax benefits when they donate a conservation easement.

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