Arthur and Sherie Schmauder donated 159 acres of forestland, open pasture, and meadows with spectacular views across central Vermont. They’ve been visiting the area for decades, often with their four children. Their daughter Renee has enjoyed hunting on the property, a sport she learned to love from her father.

In addition to woods and open land, there are wetlands and streams that flow into the Waits River. There’s also a Rich Fen, a special kind of wetland that’s rich in minerals and unusual in Vermont. The diversity of habitats benefits all kinds of wildlife.

VLT will conserve most of the land and sell it; proceeds will be used to advance the organization’s mission. “A gift of land has such an impact,” said Christa Kemp, Director of Donor Relations. “The generosity of Arthur and Sherie means we will be able to protect their stunning open and wooded land, and use the resources from the sale of the property for additional conservation work around the state.”

a wetland with grasses and other wetland plants in Vermont - VLT received a gift of 159 acres of forestland, open pasture, and meadows in Topsham

A Rich Fen is a special kind of wetland that’s rich in minerals and unusual in Vermont. The diversity of habitats benefits all kinds of wildlife.