Staying Grounded: A Message from VLT’s President

Dear members and supporters,

In times of crisis, Vermonters pull closer together. The coronavirus tests that—when the best thing we can do for ourselves and for one another is to create physical distance. It’s a challenge we all share; let’s make it a source of connection.

At the Vermont Land Trust, we are grateful for open spaces, trails, and nature so close at hand; they ground us. We are reimagining our role during this time in connecting people to the beauty and peace of this place.

Over the weeks and months to come, we will be sharing more outdoor places to explore, ideas for land-based learning with kids, inspiring books and movies to enjoy at home, and more, to keep you connected to this place we care about. (Sign up for our enewsletter or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to learn the latest and keep in touch.)

Our spring events have been cancelled or postponed, and we will re-evaluate our summer schedule as more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) becomes available.

In keeping with their guidance, all VLT offices have closed and our work will carry on remotely from home offices throughout the state. As a small employer, we feel it is important to stand by our employees and their families during difficult times; we’ve committed that all virus-related time-off will be paid time.

We’re also watching the financial implications of this public health crisis unfold. The dedication of our members, past and present, will bolster our ability to weather the difficult days that could be ahead. We are grateful for your support.

For additional ways to help, please consider: 

  • Taking care to slow the spread of the virus by following recommendations from the CDC.
  • Supporting those most vulnerable in your local community, directly or through organizations that provide essential services. The Vermont Community Foundation has created the Vermont COVID-19 Response Fund to channel funding and support to those who are most impacted by the coronavirus. 
  • And, recommitting to what matters most to you, whether that’s spending time with loved ones, walking your dog, or watching the sun rise. Pay attention to those quiet moments.

VLT’s purpose over the next several months is simple—to help Vermonters take care of themselves, take care of our community, and reconnect to this place we call home. 

I wish all of you peace and good health over the weeks and months to come.


Nick Richardson

Nick Richardson,
President & CEO
Vermont Land Trust