Small place, big impact

In 2001, Andrew and Joan McCulloch donated 50 acres in West Brattleboro to us. Now called Whetstone Woods, the land has recently been opened to the public. It is home to four types of forest, vernal pools, wetlands, and farm fields and a birding trail. Whetstone Brook burbles its way across the land. Most of the fields are rented to farmers who grow hay there.

VLT forester Pieter van Loon and a team of VLT staff and AmeriCorps members are hard at work here—experimenting with ways to support a healthy forest and sharing what they learn with others.