The woods around Waterbury and Stowe are welcoming a secretive resident. Gray fox are finding refuge in the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor, which VLT is working to safeguard with local, statewide and international partners.
In Vermont, invasives threaten the state’s sugaring, forestry, and recreation industries—and even our health. VLT is helping to establish a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Association (CISMA) in southeast Vermont, using land it owns in Brattleboro to demonstrate management approaches.
VLT has raised $15 million to put 200 new farmers on the land over the next decade. As part of this effort, VLT is leasing land in Isle La Motte to Krista Scruggs for her farm business.
Land along three miles of the Missisquoi River and its tributaries, as well as 50 acres of wetlands, have been protected.
VLT ecologist Allaire Diamond works closely on our wetland restoration projects. We asked her about Vermont’s wetlands and why they matter.
Experienced farmers Matthew Kurek and Maggie Wood are growing organic vegetables at Farm on the River, along the Connecticut River. They conserved the farm, protecting it for future farming and to improve water quality and habitat.
It’s summer in Jeffersonville, and the woodlands along the Brewster River are buzzing with cicadas. Children splash in the gorge below Vermont’s historic Grist Mill Covered Bridge. Visitors flock to the trails beyond, seeking shade and the chance to socialize, from a distance.
“Ten Vermont forestland owners, managing over 8,600 acres, are participating in the national, voluntary carbon market, earning $25 to $47 per acre, per year for the first ten years,” says Charlie Hancock, consulting forester and board member of Cold Hollow to Canada and VLT Trustee.
Wondering what we’ve been up to? The pandemic may have slowed some things down and halted others, but here at VLT we’ve been busy!
On the hilly land where Shrewsbury’s town farm stood in centuries past, a thick forest of sugar maples, birch, and oak lays undisturbed by roads and development. Residents like to visit—drawn by the wooded hush—to hike or hunt. It’s a special place for animals, too. With three state forests nearby, the woods are part of a vast swath of wildlife habitat.