Mettowee Valley Forestland Conserved

Mettowee Valley Forestland Conserved

In the agricultural Mettowee Valley, flat riverbottom farmland gently rises toward the steep, forested slopes of the Taconic Mountains. Downslope movement of limestone and other soil nutrients help make this valley exceptionally productive. Carol Neilson’s land is a...
Bullard Lumber Conserves Forest in Eden and Hyde Park

Bullard Lumber Conserves Forest in Eden and Hyde Park

Bullard Lumber, which first began operation in the 1800s, was known for a unique processing method that turned green maple into golf tees at a mill in North Hyde Park. During the 1950s and ‘60s, the company was the largest golf tee manufacturer in the world, producing...
Focus on Forests: Using Mapping Technology to Protect Forestland

Focus on Forests: Using Mapping Technology to Protect Forestland

A question that members have asked the Vermont Land Trust is, how does the organization go about deciding what land to conserve? It’s a process that requires careful consideration, particularly when it comes to forestland. Because so much of Vermont is forested—76...
Saving Bat Habitat

Saving Bat Habitat

When an owner of conserved forestland recently conserved some neighboring land, we saw an opportunity to protect bat habitat in an old mine shaft located deep within his forest. The old mine is a prime hibernation area, or hibernaculum, for bats. According to Vermont...
The Lady’s Slipper

The Lady’s Slipper

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It was one of those days that I had to remind myself I was actually working. As I motored along the dirt roads of the upper Ompompanoosuc River valley, glimpses of faraway hills flickered through the trees in early June sunshine…