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 England Losing 65 Acres of Forest per Day

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 adds...
Waitsfield Buys Gateway to Scrag Town Forest

Waitsfield Buys Gateway to Scrag Town Forest

Back in 1991, the Scrag Forest Corporation donated forestland along the ridge of Scrag Mountain to the Town of Waitsfield, which conserved the forest with VLT to guarantee that the land would remain undeveloped and open to the public. Over the years, the Scrag Town...