This year, the land trust launched a new award to honor an individual who has strengthened connections between land and lives for the enduring benefit of all.

“Vermont’s working landscape is a rich mix of traditions as well as new challenges and opportunities,” said VLT President & CEO Nick Richardson. “To reflect this, the Land and Lives Award recognizes the dynamic nature of conservation and the importance of relationship to land.”

Livy Strong, volunteer president and founder of the Jericho Underhill Land Trust (JULT), was honored with the first Land and Lives Award. Over decades of committed effort, JULT has conserved nearly 2,000 acres and now owns 650+ acres in Jericho, Richmond, and Bolton.

“Livy has been a driving force behind JULT and the Jericho Underhill Park District for their entire existence,” said VLT’s Bob Heiser. “For more than 30 years, Livy has fundraised and worked tirelessly to conserve Mills Riverside Park, Wolfrun Natural Area, the sledding destination Casey’s Hill, Kikas Valley Farm, the Barber Farm, and Tomasi Meadow. All these are open to local communities and visitors from far and wide.”

“I feel extremely honored to receive the inaugural Land and Lives Award,” said Livy Strong. “This achievement would not be possible without a strong, supportive community. I would also like to recognize our hardworking board members of the Jericho Underhill Land Trust.”