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view from mountain in fallApril 12, 2017

Fish & Wildlife Dept.'s Largest Conserved Land Project in Fifteen Years

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently added nearly 3,000 acres to Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Ira and Poultney, bringing the total publicly-conserved area to more than 3,600 acres. This is the largest addition to a Vermont wildlife management area in more than a decade.

The wildlife management area includes the iconic Bird's Eye Mountain, a well-known nesting site and habitat for peregrine falcons, as well as the surrounding lands.

A celebration will take place to commemorate the purchase on Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., starting at the Education Center at the Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp in Castleton, Vermont. The celebration will conclude with easy walks to tour the newly conserved property. The event includes light refreshments and is free and open to the public.

Dan Backus in sugarhouseWestfield, VT – The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) worked with Dan and Kim Backus to conserve their 514-acre forestland near Westfield Mountain. The project was funded by the Federal Forest Legacy Program.

Georgia town forest with conservation partnersTown buys 179-acre property for conservation and recreation

For immediate release: March 9, 2017

Georgia, VT -- Georgia residents and visitors now have a new place to get outdoors and experience nature. A joint effort by the Town and the Vermont Land Trust has led to the creation of a 179-acre town forest available for hiking, skiing, hunting, and more.

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.

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.

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-Bilt 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.

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