Family Lands Protected in Westminster

Family Lands Protected in Westminster

Burt and Lisa Nowers donated a conservation easement on 58 acres of forests, fields, and open wetland. The land was once part of a farm that was originally bought by Burt’s ancestors in 1778. The farm remained in the family until the 1940s. In 2013, Burt and Lisa...
Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — You know what’s great about the conserved Retreat Farm in Brattleboro? Just about everything. Sure, it is over 450 acres of conserved forestland, farmland, and water—right in the heart of the seventh largest town in Vermont....
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...
Sweet Tradition

Sweet Tradition

With our rich tradition of sugaring and an abundance of sugar maples, Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States despite its small size. The alchemy of turning watery tree sap into sweet, sticky sugar predates colonial settlement and is still...
The Land that Brings Us Together

The Land that Brings Us Together

Last spring, Mad River Valley families received worrying news about their beloved Mad River Park. For 12 years, children learned to play soccer and lacrosse on this privately owned land, leased to the Town of Waitsfield. Now the 10-acre property was going up for sale....