Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Back in May I was taking my cameras for a walk on 90 acres of conserved land on the shore of South Pond in Marlboro. When I stuck my head through the thicket of speckled alders on the pond edge, I was surprised to see two loons...
Sisters Protect Large Forest in Newfane

Sisters Protect Large Forest in Newfane

Three sisters—Cay Stratton, Cary Stratton Boyd, and Laura Stratton—conserved 956 acres of forestland in Newfane. They spent their childhood summers on the property and are continuing that tradition with their family. “In 1941, our parents bought a broken-down...
Family Lands Protected in Westminster

Family Lands Protected in Westminster

Burt and Lisa Nowers donated a conservation easement on 58 acres of forests, fields, and open wetland. The land was once part of a farm that was originally bought by Burt’s ancestors in 1778. The farm remained in the family until the 1940s. In 2013, Burt and Lisa...
Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — You know what’s great about the conserved Retreat Farm in Brattleboro? Just about everything. Sure, it is over 450 acres of conserved forestland, farmland, and water—right in the heart of the seventh largest town in Vermont....
Pieter’s Lens – Following a Loon Family on South Pond

Pieter’s Lens – Following a Loon Family on South Pond

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Earlier this year, I took at photo of a loon displaying on South Pond in Marlboro. Apparently the courtship that accompanied that display was convincing, as the loons I saw that day now have two chicks. All of the shoreline of...