Newt Garland has owned 63 acres of woods, wetlands, and fields since 1966. The land is near the center of Fairfax and is home to a hemlock forest, a large stream, and open overlooks. This fall, Newt donated a conservation easement to VLT.

“Newt turned 95 last year and has clearly put decades of work into caring for the property,” said VLT’s Bob Heiser. “Surrounding areas in town have seen steady residential growth. Conserving this land protects open space and wildlife habitat.”

A beautiful stretch of Stones Brook flows across the land on its way through Fairfax and to the Lamoille River. The brook is dotted with small waterfalls and deeper pools that are home to brook trout. Over the years, Newt built trails through the woods that he has enjoyed sharing with friends.

The conservation easement ensures areas along the brook will be kept wooded even as the brook meanders. These wooded “buffers” will help keep the water clean and cool, which will benefit fish and other species.

Newt Garland standing by a tree along Stones Brook in Fairfax, Vermont where he conserved land with VLT

Newt Garland standing by a tree along Stones Brook. He has put decades of work into caring for the property.

Milkweed flowers and monarch butterfly on land in Fairfax, Vermont conserved with VLT by Newt Garland

Milkweed flowers and monarch butterfly spotted in the summer.