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statehouseFor immediate release: January 24, 2017

Proposed plan includes $16.3M in state resources for the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Montpelier, VT –  – Supporters of Vermont’s conservation community praised Governor Phil Scott’s budget address proposal to allocate $16,304,840 of state resources to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.

“It is exciting to see Governor Scott’s budget priorities include sustaining Vermont’s long-standing commitment to investments in land conservation,” said Elise Annes, Vice President for Community Relations at the Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition Co-chair for more than 11 years.

Bluffside Farm Hayfield and farmsteadFor immediate release: February 13, 2017

Newport, VT—The Vermont Land Trust has issued a Requests for Concepts for people interested in purchasing the Bluffside Farm in Newport. The goal for this open space property is to serve the community needs expressed by local residents during multiple public meetings and property tours.

Wetland with view of Hazen's NotchGenerous Gift Protects Scenic Habitat and Supports Future Conservation Work

Lowell -- Jeannie and John Panner generously donated 197 acres in Lowell to the Vermont Land Trust. The land is located on both sides of Route 58. The mostly forested property has long views of Hazen’s Notch and Haystack Mountain across a 55-acre wetland.

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.

Lisa MacDougall

Organic Vegetable Farmer Works with Vermont Land Trust to Buy First Farmland

For immediate release: January 19, 2017

Shaftsbury—In 2006, Lisa MacDougall started Mighty Food Farm on five leased acres in Pownal with a 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee and an old Troy-Built rototiller. Over the years, she expanded to 10 acres and 200+ members of her year-round CSA food-share. After working with the Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program, Lisa now owns her own land—154 acres in Shaftsbury that she permanently conserved for agricultural use today.

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.

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