Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

The Bessettes were one of the first families in Franklin County to conserve a farm. Back in 1995, Don and Frances Bessette worked with VLT to protect their dairy in Highgate from development. Seven years later they conserved a second farm, and their sons, Scott and...
Keeping Vermont’s Water Clean

Keeping Vermont’s Water Clean

When we invest in our water, we invest in our future. In this new video, Vermont Land Trust’s Tyler Miller and forester Charlie Hancock talk about why conservation and water quality go hand in hand. Learn how vegetated buffers on farms are important to river...
A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

The eastern brook trout, greenish-brown, with yellow marbling and a pink belly, is prized by local anglers— so much so, that it is one of Vermont’s two state fish. Anglers and biologists alike consider the brook trout to be an indicator species, meaning a healthy...
Choiniere Farm: Generations on the Land

Choiniere Farm: Generations on the Land

The farm fields in Highgate in far northwestern Vermont are wide, rolling, and open. The closer one gets to the Canadian border, the more the land flattens out. Driving north from Highgate Center, you pass a succession of dairy farms, each with its own strategy for...