Now is the time
The Town of Monkton has an exciting opportunity to buy 445 acres from the A. Johnson Company to create a beautiful, new town forest. It would offer recreation and protect important wildlife habitat and productive forestland.
We’re 96% of the way to our fundraising goal; we hope you can help us cross the finish line! Please help us raise the final 4%! We just need to raise $50,000. Donations from generous community members can help us reach the finish line.
An opportunity to create a town forest
In 2019, the Monkton Selectboard formed the Town Forest Committee to explore the possibility of a town forest for Monkton. The committee has been researching the creation of town forests, seeking community input, and working with the A Johnson Company, which is interested in selling a large piece of forestland.
A. Johnson is now generously giving the town the chance to buy 445 acres for less than its full appraised value. The committee is working with us to help make the purchase happen.
If this effort is successful, a conservation easement will permanently protect the land as a town forest and the public’s access to it. Management decisions will be decided by the community within the terms of the easement through the development of a management plan, which can evolve over time.
A benefit to the community
The land has impressive wildlife habitat, ecological values, productive forestland, many water features, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Wildlife Habitat and Nature
The property is within a large area of connected forestland and wildlife habitat identified as high priority for conservation at a statewide level. The land hosts uncommon natural communities and habitat for endangered species. There are miles of streams, multiple vernal pools, extensive wetlands, and two beaver ponds.
The land has miles of existing woods roads and potential for trail development through a thoughtful community management planning process.
Town forests across the state have become beloved community resources for access to nature and recreation, demonstrating sustainable forestry practices, providing space for outdoor education, scientific study, water quality monitoring, protection of natural features, wildlife habitat conservation, and more.
You can make it happen!
The cost to buy and conserve the land and to establish a management fund is around $1,116,000.
Currently, $1,066,000 is committed, including $371,000 from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, $400,000 from the Federal Community Forest and Open Space Program, $195,000 from existing Town funds, and the A. Johnson Co.’s $100,000 reduction in the land’s price relative to its appraised value. The Town of Monkton has committed existing town funds totaling $195,000 from its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and its Agricultural and Natural Area Fund.
We’re 96% of the way there — just $50,000 to go! Please help us raise the final 4%! Donations from generous community members can help us reach the finish line.Donate now
If you prefer to mail a check, please include “Monkton” in the memo line, and send to:
Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Ave
Montpelier, VT 05602
Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.