April 12, 2017
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.
Westfield, 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.
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.
For 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.
For immediate release: January 24, 2017
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.
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.
For 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.
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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