Retired forester David Mance stewards 1,400 acres in the Taconic Mountain Range—an incredibly diverse ecosystem of wetlands, streams, and forests. “Owning land is stewardship and responsibility, and an awesome opportunity,” he says.
A crew of hardy volunteers worked through last summer to complete the last stretch of a new hiking trail in Dummerston that extends south to Prospect Hill and north toward Putney.
Ninety-seven acres along the Lemon Fair River have been protected for water quality and wildlife habitat, and 160 acres of adjacent farmland have been conserved by Monument Farms.
The Okemo State Forest has been expanded by nearly 350 acres, helping to protect a 100-mile wildlife corridor from Massachusetts to Warren and Lincoln.
The Peter A. Krusch Nature Preserve will feature nature trails that invite exploration. A highlight will be a path to the Cambridge Pines State Forest—one of Vermont’s few examples of old forest, a spectacular and awe-inspiring place that’s not easy to access.