VLT staff member talking with landowners in field

Protect a Wildlife Corridor in Waterbury and Stowe

 
The forested mountains that make Waterbury and Stowe attractive to Vermonters and tourists are home to many wide-ranging animals such as bear, moose, and bobcat.
These animals need to travel over large areas as part of their natural life cycle, but crossing through this busy area is a challenge.
That’s why an effort to protect wildlife’s ability to cross the valley has begun.
The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor is located near the Waterbury–Stowe line within a 10,000-acre area on either side of Route 100.

Why Shutesville Hill?

This area provides the only ecologically viable connection between the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range.

It is one of the five most important wildlife crossings in the state and a critical part of an international network of connected forest habitats in the northeast. A partnership of local groups, conservation organizations, and state agencies are working together to improve and protect habitat in this area.

The things that impact the ability of animals to cross safely include: the fragmentation of forest through roads, driveways, houses, and lawns; activities that scare away animals such as outdoor lighting, equipment noise, and pets; traffic volume on Route 100; and barriers such as fences and guardrails.

map showing shutesville wildlife corridor

What Can I Do to Help?

  • Learn more and download a map and fact sheets at Staying Connected
  • Ask about conservation options for your property within the corridor if you are interested in permanently protecting your land. You can talk with Bob Heiser from Vermont Land Trust or Caitrin Maloney from Stowe Land Trust, or any of the partners.
  • Share observations and images of wildlife on your land in the corridor. Contact Allan Thompson from Waterbury Conservation Commission to learn more or if you’re interested in hosting a game camera on your land.
  • Talk with your forester about maintaining high-quality habitat for wildlife living on and moving through your property. Don’t have a consulting forester? Contact your County Forester: Rick Dyer, Lamoille County or Dan Singleton, Washington County.
  • Let your Planning Commission, local representatives, and town officials know that the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor is important to you and that you would like to see additional steps taken through local planning and zoning to protect this critical habitat.
  • Financially support the organizations collaborating on the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Partnership. We can’t do this important work without your membership and donations.

Who’s involved?

The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Partnership includes the Waterbury Conservation Commission, Stowe Conservation Commission, Stowe Land Trust, Vermont Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, and Vermont Agency of Transportation. Community members are also getting involved. Our most recent community meeting had 70 attendees.

 

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VLT
Facts
593,000+
Total acres
protected
720+
Farms using
conserved land
420,000
Acres of
forestland
170
Recreation
spots
60
Miles
Catamount Trail
460
Miles
VAST Trail
2,500+
Properties
protected