Mad River Park Will Stay Public

Mad River Park Will Stay Public

For the past 12 years, school children of the Mad River Valley have learned to play soccer and lacrosse at Mad River Park, a privately owned property that was leased to the Town of Waitsfield. When the owners of the field decided they wanted to sell the 10-acre...
Focus on Forests: Using Mapping Technology to Protect Forestland

Focus on Forests: Using Mapping Technology to Protect Forestland

A question that members have asked the Vermont Land Trust is, how does the organization go about deciding what land to conserve? It’s a process that requires careful consideration, particularly when it comes to forestland. Because so much of Vermont is forested—76...
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...
New Report: New England Losing 65 Acres of Forest per Day

New Report: New England Losing 65 Acres of Forest per Day

New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day, according to a new report released today by the Harvard Forest.  “The incremental chipping away of forest and farmland by scattered development is hard to see day-to-day but it...
Hunting by Written Permission at Bluffside Farm in Newport

Hunting by Written Permission at Bluffside Farm in Newport

Following last year’s successful first hunting season on Bluffside Farm in Newport, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) has decided to hold a lottery for hunting on the property again this year. The land trust plans to issue permission for deer hunting at Bluffside during...