Press release: December 16, 2020: A new nature preserve will be established by the Town of Cambridge, the Vermont Land Trust announced. The 51-acre Peter A. Krusch Nature Preserve will include forest, meadows, streams and ravines, and will be open to all.
The Vermont Land Trust has spent much of our 43-year history on the leading edge of conservation. We see opportunities to advance our mission and we take action. Today we stand at a new point of inflection.
On a mid-summer morning Fred Pratt sat on his cabin’s front porch, high on a Duxbury hillside, listening to birdsong from the surrounding forest. “There’s a yellowthroat down there,” he said. “And there’s a catbird, and robins of course, and another warbler, maybe a chestnut-sided.”
The Butlers joined with VLT to conserve land in Pawlet; their children are actively involved in caring for the animals and working the farm.
VLT’s COVID-19 relief grants helped farmers make changes that have a positive lasting effect on their businesses, thanks to generous donors.
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.