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forest canopyFor immediate release: February 4, 2016

Montpelier – TechFoundation Inc., a public charity based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, awarded a $10,000 TechGrant to the Vermont Land Trust to buy equipment that will allow for on-the-ground accurate mapping capabilities, the Vermont Land Trust announced today. The grant will fund the purchase of five devices that will be piloted in southwestern Vermont.

Tenney farm in snowThe Tenney Farm has been purchased and conserved by two local families.

Fayston--A historic hill farm in Fayston is being revived as a working farm. Today, valley-based farmers and food entrepreneurs Sebastian von Trapp, Georgia von Trapp, and Joey Nagy purchased the former Tenney Farm from the Vermont Land Trust.

The 280-acre farm had been generously donated to the land trust in 2014 by Skip Tenney, who had owned the property for more than 50 years. Through its Farmland Access Program, the Vermont Land Trust conducted a farmer search and selected the von Trapp and Nagy partnership to purchase the Tenney farm. The Tenney Farm, was sold to the two-family partnership, Marble Hill Farm LLC, for its appraised agricultural value.

For immediate release: January 20, 2016Woodlands

Weston—The three children of Caroline Fritzinger and her late husband, Noel Fritzinger, donated a conservation easement on 85 acres of woodland, the Vermont Land Trust announced today.

The family’s multi-generation commitment to conservation runs deep. Caroline and Noel protected 235 acres in Weston between 1998 and 2003. The well-managed land has excellent wildlife habitat. Now their three children have protected an additional 85 acres that neighbors the land their parents conserved.

Biking at Mud Pond Country ParkFor immediate release: January 6, 2016

Community raises money to save land from development

Williston -- Williston’s Mud Pond Country Park just grew by 39 acres according to the Vermont Land Trust. Today, the Town of Williston purchased and permanently conserved the land, announced the Vermont Land Trust.

For years, people have enjoyed the park’s trails, in addition to more than a mile of trails located on a privately owned neighboring property. When a six-lot subdivision was proposed for the private land, the Vermont Land Trust partnered with the Town of Williston to buy the parcel as an addition to the Mud Pond Country Park. The Vermont Land Trust, Fellowship of the Wheel, and community members worked together to raise the money to make the purchase possible.

Stream through sugarbushFor immediate release: January 7, 2016

Project Part of Larger Local Conservation Initiative

Barnard -- More bears than people inhabit an area of the state known as the Chateauguay, which covers 60,000 acres in Barnard, Bridgewater, Stockbridge, Killington and a small part of Pittsfield. The Vermont Land Trust and its partners have been working with landowners in this area for over 15 years to protect natural resources and ecological values. Most recently, Barnard resident Marty Bell donated a conservation easement on 83 acres along Smith Hill Road to the Vermont Land Trust.

Stone wall in forestFor immediate release: December 30, 2016

Three families protect land in Marlboro, Guilford and Townshend

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, a few southern Vermont landowners protected a total of 306 acres in Windham County by donating conservation easements on their properties, the Vermont Land Trust announced today.

In the past four decades, more than 135,500 acres have been protected with the Vermont Land Trust by generous landowners who donated conservation restrictions on their properties.

Merck ForestFor immediate release: December 28, 2015

Rupert -- This season of giving has brought a lasting present to those who enjoy Vermont’s landscape of forests and farmland. The Merck Forest and Farmland Center worked in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust to permanently protect more than 2,600 acres in Rupert, bringing the total number of protected acres to approximately 3,000. The formal conservation of the land ensures that Merck Forest’s long tradition of land stewardship, education and recreation will be continued in perpetuity.

The Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC) is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the sustainable management of its forest, the promotion of sustainable organic agriculture on its upland farm, and the education of local students in outdoor exploration and the study of natural sciences.

bluffside farmFor immediate release: December 28, 2015

In response to community support in Newport City, Vermont, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) purchased the 129-acre Bluffside Farm on December 22, 2015. VLT will be a temporary owner of the farm in order to create time to work with the Newport community on a long-term ownership plan.

VLT will engage with Newport residents on how to best maximize use of the land for purposes such as farming, recreation, and natural resource protection. VLT does not plan to be the long-term owner of the property.

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