“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.
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.”
“When things are insecure, it’s not a bad idea to produce more food,” said Angus Baldwin as he deftly cut and bound flat-leaf parsley. “I wasn’t sure if we’d be selling or giving it away this year, but I figured there would be a need for it.” Angus operates the nonprofit West Farm on VLT’s Brewster Uplands Conservation Trust property in Jeffersonville. The parsley was destined for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program, one of several partners Angus is working with this year to get healthy food in the hands of those who need it.