The Town of Hinesburg has the opportunity to add 291 acres to the existing 834-acre Hinesburg Town Forest and permanently protect the resulting 1,125 acres for the enjoyment of residents and visitors for generations to come.

A treasured community asset, the Hinesburg Town Forest draws visitors from near and far — for, outdoor education, recreation, hunting, community events to learn about forestry, and much more. The land proposed for the expansion has existing trails that connect seamlessly to those in the town forest, and can provide access to the forest from the south.

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The Carse land and the existing Town Forest are located in a 4,400-acre stretch of connected forestland identified as a priority for conservation by the Vermont Conservation Design. With streams, wetlands, vernal pools, and areas of forest uncommon in Vermont — with Red Oak and White Pine trees — the land is also rich in habitat.

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The Carse family is offering the property first to the Town before listing it on the open market. Let’s not pass up the chance to enrich and protect this beloved forest.

The total cost to buy the Carse land and conserve the expanded 1,125-acre Hinesburg Town Forest is $420,000, including a management fund for trail work, bridges, boardwalks, signage, parking, or other needs.

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A grant of $225,000 has been secured from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, the Town of Hinesburg has pledged $20,000, and the Vermont Land Trust is putting in $55,000. Additional donations have brought the fundraising goal down to just $40,000 to be raised by December 31, 2021.

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We Need Your Help!

A generous Hinesburg resident has offered to match your gifts up to a total of $20,000! So please donate today and double the impact of your gift to permanently protect a bigger, better Hinesburg Town Forest.

To donate, please make your check payable to Vermont Land Trust with “HTF-Carse” in the memo line. Or, give online here and select “Hinesburg Town Forest Addition” from the drop-down menu. Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. And funds raised over our goal will be used to cover unanticipated costs and augment the management fund.

Thank you for your support!

Please send checks to:
Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Ave
Montpelier VT 05602

Public information session November 4, 2021

Members of the Hinesburg Town Forest Committee, Hinesburg Land Trust, Vermont Land Trust, and Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, provided an overview of the opportunity to expand the Town Forest and to permanently conserve both the existing 834-acre Hinesburg Town Forest and the additional 291 acres from the Carse lands. Watch the video here to learn more:

Questions?

For more information, contact:

Paul Wieczoreck, Hinesburg Land Trust, (802) 343-8642

Bob Heiser, Vermont Land Trust, (802) 861-6404

Pat Mainer, Hinesburg Town Forest Committee, (802) 482-3134