Richard and Elizabeth Bernstein donated a conservation easement on 99 acres of forestland in Jericho. The land is in the Chittenden County Uplands Conservation Project area. This multi-group, landscape-scale project has been protecting forestland connecting Camels Hump State Park and Mt. Mansfield State Forest for 15 years.

With Richard and Elizabeth’s easement donation, nearly 10,000 acres have now been conserved. The forest is important to protect for wildlife, water quality, and recreation. The Bernsteins’ property is near Jericho’s town-owned Mobbs Farm, and many people enjoy walking and riding through their woods on trails that Richard and Elizabeth welcome the public to use. Mill Brook crosses their land as it meanders to the Winooski River. Hemlock-covered ravines and a floodplain forest line this stretch of the brook.

Top photo from left to right: Elizabeth Bernstein (landowner) Clarice Cutler (AmeriCorps VISTA for Vermont Land Trust), Livy Strong (Jericho Underhill Land Trust), and Allaire Diamond (Vermont Land Trust conservation ecologist)

Bottom photo: The Bernsteins’ land has trails that they welcome the public to use.