A Message from our President and Board Chair
This winter, as we fire up wood stoves and pull out winter hats, we find ourselves reflecting on this time last year and noting how we have grown.
In 2020, we were all facing new and unfamiliar challenges: a global pandemic, a starkly changing climate, and a growing recognition of injustice.
One year later, uncertainty remains, but there is something new. We know we can make it through hard times. There’s a new-found confidence and resilience. At the Vermont Land Trust, we see and feel that resilience. In fact, 2021 was one of VLT’s strongest yet.
We launched new initiatives and completed multi-year projects that deepened our impact, including a long-awaited recreation trail at Bluffside Farm and a land access affirmation created in partnership with the Abenaki. We attracted hundreds of new donors, we engaged thousands of people far and wide through online events and storytelling, and our members — you — gave generously to sustain this work.
In our annual report, we highlight some of our efforts:
- Fostering a new model of farm ownership in Tunbridge that is guided by the community and improving access to land.
- Planting 3,000 trees with dozens of volunteers across farms in the Champlain Valley to combat erosion, clean up our waterways, and improve wildlife habitat.
- Deepening children’s connection to land through a new 148-acre outdoor classroom in West Pawlet.
We also share our hopes for the years ahead. Conservation has many dimensions. It is driven by community and connection to place. Conservation is also dynamic. It changes as our land and our communities change. We want to work toward a future where Vermont’s land better serves people of all backgrounds and economic circumstances, where the health of our land and our communities are intertwined.
2021 feels like an inflection point. So much is at stake in our broader world, and so much possibility lies right in front of us.
We thank you deeply for your support and look forward to exploring these possibilities, together.
Nick Richardson (President & CEO)
Cheryl Morse (Chair, Board of Trustees)