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...
Putney Mountain Association Buys West Cliff Trail Land

Putney Mountain Association Buys West Cliff Trail Land

From a public parking area off of Putney Mountain Road in Brookline, the West Cliff Trail leads hikers to Putney Mountain and its stunning vistas of the valleys below. The trail connects to an expansive trail system that follows the 16-mile Windmill Ridge over the...