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Gilbert's HillWoodstock 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.

View of Willoughby GapFor 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.

Barbara Kaufmans SculpturesFor 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.

Volunteers plant treesFor 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.

Chaput family farmFor 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.

maple leafFor immediate release: June 27, 2016

Forestland Sold by Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy

Bakersfield -- The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy sold 2,080 acres of forestland in Bakersfield. This is the first parcel to sell since the two groups announced they would be selling forestland held jointly as the Atlas Timberlands Partnership. The land was permanently conserved at the time of the sale.

Scrag MountainFor immediate release: June 21, 2016

Waitsfield -- Thanks to a large grant just awarded by the United States Forest Service (USFS) Community Forest Program, the Town of Waitsfield has a one-time opportunity to enhance its Scrag Town Forest by buying an important adjacent parcel and permanently conserving it in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust. This 110-acre parcel, owned by Howard and Judy Saffan at the end of Bowen Road, is critical for improving public access and other important community values of the Scrag Forest.

Shawnna Vander Wey and family

For immediate release: June 17, 2016

Montpelier – Five Vermont juniors and seniors recently received the Land Stewards Award from the Vermont Land Trust. This award, now in its eleventh year, acknowledges the hard work of tomorrow’s agricultural and forestry leaders with an unrestricted cash prize of $250.

The students who won the award demonstrated a deep commitment to the disciplines of forestry or agriculture. Their future paths all involve working with the land and its natural resources. The award honors hard work, initiative, and academic excellence in Vermont’s vocational agriculture and forestry programs, which are vital to Vermont’s future.

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