Westford Gathers to Celebrate the Maple Shade Town Forest

Westford Gathers to Celebrate the Maple Shade Town Forest

This June, the Westford community had the grand opening of the Maple Shade Forest. Residents and friends gathered to cut the ribbon, take their first walk on the land, and celebrate the protection of scenic stretch of farmland, forestland, and stone walls of the...
Managing forests with carbon in mind

Managing forests with carbon in mind

Vermont’s forests are full of significance. They are spaces for work, play, and reflection; they reward careful stewardship with food for our tables, wood for building and heating our homes, and in spring, sweet maple syrup. 

Sometimes harder to see, but no less real, are benefits like clean water and air, connected habitat, and protection from increasingly severe storms.

Purple Pitcher Plants and Peat Bogs

Purple Pitcher Plants and Peat Bogs

Nutrient-poor bogs force plants to get creative, perhaps none more so than the purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea. Its dramatic, specialized leaves form multicolored ‘pitchers’ that fill with rain and snow, hosting tiny self-contained ecosystems—like the bogs themselves.

Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Located on the outskirts of Fairfield Village, Branon Family Maple Orchards has become one of the larger maple sugar producers in the state. Since purchasing the dairy farm from his father 35 years ago, and faced with keeping up with a shifting dairy industry, Tom and...
Generous Gift of Beloved Family Forestland

Generous Gift of Beloved Family Forestland

We are grateful for the generous gift of land made to VLT by Elizabeth Wolf, who donated 62 acres of forestland in Washington. The property has a small fen, a stream, and a rich northern hardwood stand. Though an old foundation and well suggest that the land was once...