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.
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.
Cornwall—Cheryl and Marc Cesario, farmers of Meeting Place Pastures, purchased 90 acres from their neighbor, Matt Bonner, who had conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust in order to make it more affordable to the Cesarios.
Cheryl and Marc moved to Cornwall in 2009 when they purchased their first property, also conserved with the Vermont Land Trust, to start their family business. Before that, Cheryl and Marc had been farming in separate locations, Cheryl on a dairy in South Hero, and Marc with livestock in Massachusetts.
Woodstock and Pomfret – This month, the Vermont Land Trust sold the 112-acre Gilbert’s Hill property along Route 12 to new owners Mary Margaret Sloan and Howard Krum. The land is now permanently protected for public recreation, historic preservation, and natural and scenic resources.
The hill was the site of the first ski tow in America, which was powered by a Model T Ford engine in January of 1934. It is still a popular destination for hikers and backcountry skiers. Each year, sixth graders at Prosper Valley School trek across the land to mark their graduation to middle school.
For immediate release: July 25, 2016
Brownington—After years of leasing land in the Northeast Kingdom while establishing an organic dairy operation, Adam and Heather Moulton bought a farm of their own through the Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program.
The couple has strong roots in the region: Heather is originally from Derby and Adam from East Charleston. For years, they had searched for a farm that would give their family and business long-term stability. “The Northeast Kingdom is where we want to be, we grew up here and all of our family is here,” explained Heather.
For 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.
For 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.
For 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.
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