Saving Bat Habitat

Saving Bat Habitat

When an owner of conserved forestland recently conserved some neighboring land, we saw an opportunity to protect bat habitat in an old mine shaft located deep within his forest. The old mine is a prime hibernation area, or hibernaculum, for bats. According to Vermont...
Cover Cropping is Becoming More Common on Vermont Farms

Cover Cropping is Becoming More Common on Vermont Farms

As with many Vermont farms, growing feed for Fairmont Farm’s 2,800 Holsteins isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it process. Richard Hall of Fairmont Farm plants 1,550 acres of corn each year. The land is in Craftsbury and East Montpelier, where the growing season is short,...
Marking Boundaries to Protect Land

Marking Boundaries to Protect Land

Stewardship manager Adam Piper has experienced all kinds of adventures in the nine years he’s been visiting VLT-conserved land. He’s scaled cliffs to map boundaries, harvested pears for an elderly landowner, and herded ornery cows with a broomstick.

Stewarding the Land: Landowners Battle Invasive Plants

Stewarding the Land: Landowners Battle Invasive Plants

Last year, Chris Harlow and Bettina Berg pulled glossy buckthorn from their land—a lot of it. The invasive shrub has been filling in the edges of their fields in Westminster so thickly it’s crowding out native species, even making it hard to see into the woods. “I...