As part of our expanding focus on land restoration, we have been taking on more tree plantings in these river buffer areas. The COVID pandemic has meant we’ve needed to scale back this year, but we’ve managed some successes!
VLT received a gift of 159 acres of forestland, open pasture, and meadows in Topsham with spectacular views across central Vermont. The land trust will conserve most of the land and sell it, using the proceeds to advance the organization’s mission.
Hank Dimuzio didn’t follow a typical path to become a farmer. For over 20 years he built up what is now the largest deer farm in the state while working as an emergency room physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center. In 2016, he retired from the hospital to pursue farming full time.
Weybridge residents worked closely with VLT, the town, and the former owner to protect farmland in the center of town. After several years of effort, the land was conserved and sold to Four Hills farm, a large dairy operation based in Bristol.