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canoeFor immediate release: October 29, 2015

Cabot and Marshfield – The people of Vermont will now forever have access to one of the state’s most popular and well-loved recreation areas in Central Vermont—the Molly’s Falls Pond property, known by many as the “Marshfield Reservoir”. The Vermont Land Trust today announced the sale of 1,029 acres to the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation.

Now called Molly’s Falls Pond State Park, the property boasts a 402-acre reservoir, roughly 35,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline, and over 600 acres of forestland. It is a popular spot for boaters and anglers and has a fishing access area and wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms managed by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Mountain biker

For immediate release: November 2, 2015

Lyndon, VT – After a massive grassroots fundraising campaign, the Kingdom Trails Association purchased a 133-acre property in Lyndon and the Vermont Land Trust conserved it. The property is home to popular mountain biking and multi-use trails, including the well-known Sidewinder trail.

The $150,000 fundraising campaign drew support from more than 870 people. Community members, local business, and mountain biking enthusiasts across the U.S. and Quebec contributed to the cause.

Long pond viewFor immediate release: October 20, 2015

Westmore -- After several decades of carefully stewarding a large tract of northern forest, Vincent and Louisa Dotoli worked with the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy to permanently conserve 2,965 acres of forestland surrounding Long Pond in Westmore.

This project conserves a working forest, recreation trails, wildlife habitat, scenic views, and a stretch of forest that is important to a cross-border effort to protect the larger northern forest.  

Sand beachFor immediate release: October 19, 2015

Newport -- Newport’s Bluffside Farm will be the focus of a new farmland conservation and public access project, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) announced today.

Based on a show of interest and support from the residents of the City of Newport at a public meeting on September 14, 2015, VLT has negotiated a Purchase and Sales contract for the 129-acre property ahead of the scheduled October 23 foreclosure auction.

In partnership with community members, the Land Trust looks forward to considering the highest and best uses of this property that are aligned with community needs.

Meccawe club landFor immediate release: October 14, 2015

Reading and Bridgewater -- A large tract of forestland in the towns of Reading and Bridgewater was permanently conserved by the Meccawe Club, the Vermont Land Trust announced today.

The Meccawe Club is a 100-year-old private trout fishing club. Over the years it had acquired lands to protect Meccawe Pond and provide for the club’s future.

This 600-acre upland forest joins a 28,000-acre block of remote forestland in south-central Vermont that supports wildlife and biological diversity. Connected forestland such as this is essential for wide-ranging animals.

Rupert fields

For immediate release: July 13, 2015

Rupert — The Town of Rupert recently acquired 13.5 acres located in the village center along Route 153. The town conserved eleven acres with the Vermont Land Trust because of the land’s recreational potential, and its scenic and agricultural features.

This attractive meadow is in the heart of Rupert, located directly across the road from the community center, cemetery, and library. The flat, open nature of the field lends itself to any number of future recreational activities. It is currently used for hay by a local farmer, and is part of the Rupert Old Home Day celebration.

Mountain biking at Kingdom TrailsFor immediate release: July 2, 2015

Lyndon -- The Kingdom Trails Association and the Vermont Land Trust have launched a fundraising campaign to save a much-loved section of mountain biking trails in Lyndon. They are seeking donations from community members as well as biking enthusiasts from all over.

Since 1994, the Kingdom Trails Association has grown to oversee a network of more than 100 miles of trails visited by 70,000 people per year.

One of the most popular trails, Sidewinder, is located on a 133-acre Darling Hill property that went on the market this winter. The potential sale and subdivision of the property—known as the West Branch land—meant that there was a real risk that recreational access to this flagship trail would be lost.

FieldsFor immediate release: July 2, 2015

Charlotte — Patricia Bidinger conserved 75 acres of fertile farmland with the Vermont Land Trust, allowing the Bean family to purchase the land for their dairy business, the Vermont Land Trust announced today.

Pat and her late husband, Francis Bidinger, bought their land in 1967 after finishing graduate school at the University of Vermont. They had hoped to build a house there, but their careers took them to India. While the couple worked for nonprofits abroad, they rented their Charlotte land to the Bean family.

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