Retired forester David Mance stewards 1,400 acres in the Taconic Mountain Range—an incredibly diverse ecosystem of wetlands, streams, and forests. “Owning land is stewardship and responsibility, and an awesome opportunity,” he says.
A crew of hardy volunteers worked through last summer to complete the last stretch of a new hiking trail in Dummerston that extends south to Prospect Hill and north toward Putney.
Ninety-seven acres along the Lemon Fair River have been protected for water quality and wildlife habitat, and 160 acres of adjacent farmland have been conserved by Monument Farms.
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David and Cheryl Mance worked with VLT to conserve nearly 1,200 acres of working forest in Shaftsbury, much of it on West Mountain.