Ann Johnson and her late husband, Samuel, bought their land along the Worcester Range in Waterbury almost 50 years ago. Ann and her family fell in love with the forest, and wanted to ensure that it would be protected in the future. So this June, Ann donated the development rights on 53 acres on the western flanks of Vermont’s Worcester Range mountains, very near to the CC Putnam State Forest. Her land is within one of Vermont’s largest blocks of contiguous forestland, which is considered a high priority for conservation because of wildlife habitat and water quality. It has a beautiful tributary to Thatcher Brook and spectacular views to Camels Hump over an abutting meadow. The forestland is quite productive, and a portion of it is sugared by a neighbor.