Vershire Couple Conserves Forestland

Vershire Couple Conserves Forestland

Joan Waltermire and John Douglas live in Vershire on land they have owned for many years. Joan is a naturalist and long-time employee of the Montshire Museum, and John is a professional photographer. In June, they donated a conservation easement on 30 acres of...
Worcester Range Forest Conserved in Waterbury

Worcester Range Forest Conserved in Waterbury

Ann Johnson and her late husband, Samuel, bought their land along the Worcester Range in Waterbury almost 50 years ago. Ann and her family fell in love with the forest, and wanted to ensure that it would be protected in the future. So this June, Ann donated the...
“A Lasting Change for the Better” in East Haven

“A Lasting Change for the Better” in East Haven

Francie Hersey’s relationship with the forest next to her home in East Haven began decades ago. For years, she sent Christmas cards to the owners, who lived out of state, asking if they might be willing to sell her a small piece of their property. Those letters were...
Lussier Farm Expands, as Daughter Continues Farming the Land

Lussier Farm Expands, as Daughter Continues Farming the Land

Alison Lussier, 23-year-old daughter of Paul and Kari Lussier, was five when her family conserved their farm in Benson. Starting the dairy came with challenges, but Alison remembers her childhood as the best years of her life. Alison was barely aware that her family’s...
Mettowee Farmers Protect Farmland and Natural Features

Mettowee Farmers Protect Farmland and Natural Features

Traci and Scott Cleveland are part of the vibrant Mettowee Valley dairy community. They have expanded their business over the years, purchasing their first farm in Pawlet in 1994 and conserving it with VLT in 2007. In 2010, the couple purchased land from Scott’s uncle...