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Donating Conservation Easements:
Where Conservation Practices and Philanthropy Meet
By Pete Land relocated to the farm in 1965 and made the operation last year, there were protests from
most of it. “We were ‘localvores’ before it long-time customers.
O ver the past 32 years, landowners
who have generously donated
conservation easements to the
Vermont Land Trust have protected over
100,000 acres—more than 20 percent of
was cool,” Barbara says with a chuckle. “We
raised pigs, beef, and sheep for our own
consumption, planted apple trees, made
maple syrup, and cut our own firewood.”
While the Bohns have several neighbors
on Hollister Hill who have conserved their
land, they often get questions from others
who are interested. “People ask us, ‘Why did
The Bohns also started a cut-your-own you do it? What do you get out of it?’” says
all VLT-conserved land. Their reasons for
Christmas tree stand. “There were native Chuck. “Well, the reason is really that we just
donating an easement vary, but common to
all is a deep love of their land and a desire to balsam firs growing right in the woods, wanted to conserve the land. My dream is for
see the land cared for, both now and in the so I’d go out and pull seedlings, put ‘em one of our kids to take over this place and do
future. in a transplant bed, and then hope for the what we do. That might not happen, but we
best,” Chuck recalls. Their business thrived just hope whoever moves here loves the land
Marshfield: Protecting a Deep for decades. Cutting a tree from the Bohns as much as we do.”
Connection to the Land became the Christmas tradition for many
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local families. When they finally retired the
Hollister Hill in Marshfield has been busy
with conservation projects as of late. Notably,
the community came together last year to
purchase the 620-acre Virginia Stranahan
Town Forest. As the community rallied to
raise money, a dozen local artists staged a
“paint out,” capturing scenes of the forest and
pastures one morning and then donating all
proceeds from the sale of their artwork.
Chuck Bohn, one of the participating
artists, got the idea to conserve his own
land when VLT’s Mark McEathron came
to the Marshfield town meeting to explain
the Stranahan proposal. Chuck and his
wife, Barbara, who live just a few miles
down Hollister Hill Road from the town
forest, donated an easement on 83 acres last
An art teacher from Indiana, Chuck
bought the 1835 farmhouse and surrounding
forest nearly 50 years ago because of the Chuck and Barbara Bohn in front of their 1835 farmhouse. In 1965, Chuck and Barbara moved to
inspiration the place provided for his the Marshfield farm, where they planted apple trees, made maple syrup and raised pigs, beef, and
painting. He and Barbara permanently sheep, and grew Christmas trees.
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Londonderry: Six Siblings
Use Conservation to Help
Manage the Land
M.A. Swedlund was a young girl when
her parents bought an old, abandoned
dairy farm in South Londonderry.
“Initially, it was our winter retreat, but
we ended up spending entire summers
there haying the fields, riding horses, and
swimming in the streams,” she recalls. “It
was among the best times in our lives.”
The farm took on a new role after
M.A. and her five brothers grew up. “As
we spread out and started families of our Conserving their family’s Londonderry forestland will help M.A. Swedlund and her five
own, the farm became a place where we siblings manage the land as their family grows with each generation.
could all get together for the holidays
without the distractions of ‘real life’,” she and to discuss the land’s conservation to protect their conservation legacy into
explains. “It has become an important part values. Behind the scenes our mapping the future,” explains Dennis Shaffer, vice
of our family culture. That’s something we department creates maps, and in some president for stewardship.
talked about when we considered putting cases, our conservation biologist will An optional cost, but one that can be
it into the land trust.” walk the land. Once the project manager a savings, is an appraisal. Landowners
M.A. and her brothers have owned and landowner reach an agreement, will need to get the conservation
the land since their father passed away our paralegals draft on easement and easement appraised if they wish to reap
in 1991. The family was familiar with our attorney, Rick Peterson, comes in to tax benefits—which, at the moment,
conservation and decided it would be a handle the closing.” are significant. In the past, an easement
good way to keep the 253-acre property The whole process can take a while to donor could take a charitable income
intact. Perhaps the greatest benefit of complete, but it can be a productive and tax deduction of the easement’s value,
donating an easement, in M.A.’s view, is educational experience for the landowner. but not exceeding 30 percent of adjusted
that it will make life easier for the next “The longer it took, the more questions gross income in the year of the gift. Any
generation when the time comes to pass we had, and the more it turned out to our unused value could be carried forward,
the land along to them. “There are six of liking,” Barbara Bohn recalls. but for not more than five additional
us siblings, so you can imagine how many To ensure that a conservation easement years. This often prevented landowners
there will be in the next generation,” she is upheld, money must be set aside for from realizing the full value of an
says. “As more people get involved in the stewardship of the land now and far easement donation. Congress extended
ownership, there is a greater variety of in the future. Stewardship is the ongoing through the end of 2009 improved
interests and potential for disagreement. responsibility to safeguard and uphold incentives that better serve landowners
And the easement removes any temptation the legal agreement signed voluntarily with modest incomes. Now, you can
to subdivide.” by the landowner. This includes visits take a deduction of up to 50 percent of
“That might sound negative, but I look by VLT’s stewardship staff and any land adjusted gross income for a period of up
at it as a positive—to remove the potential management guidance, mapping or legal to 15 years after your donation. Congress
for family strife,” she adds. services that may be required to maintain is considering making this provision
the easement. To accomplish this, VLT permanent.
Financial Costs and Benefits created a stewardship endowment. In This legislation has resulted in a
addition to the immediate staff costs of surge of easement donations nationwide,
Donating an easement can cost
conservation, landowners, foundations, including Vermont. “The fact that there
money, which might come as a surprise
and/or other funders contribute toward was a substantial tax deduction certainly
to some people. “Even for an easement
the endowment for each piece of land that didn’t deter us from donating the
donation, there is a great deal of VLT staff
is conserved. Both the costs of conserving easement,” says M.A. Swedlund. “It wasn’t
time involved,” explains John Roe, vice
the land and the contribution toward the main reason, but it sweetened the
president for land conservation. “A project
the endowment are deductible expenses. deal, and made it seem like a good idea to
manager works with the landowner
“In many cases, landowners cover these do it now rather than later.”
to figure out their long-term goals
expenses; they see it as an investment
Underhill: Easing Land and it grew bigger. Eventually I took early
Transfers to the Next retirement from teaching and we had a Considering a
Generation mail-order wool business with up to 150 conservation
lambs born every year.”
Donating an easement also tends to Bob and Julia first conserved their
reduce estate taxes because the removal 46-acre sheep farm with the American Now may be the
of development rights often reduces the Farmland Trust. Then, when they decided time to act.
value of the estate. This factored into Bob to conserve the 280-acre woodlot,
and Julia Northrop’s decision to donate they worked with VLT and the Jericho Though Congress is
an easement on 280 acres of woodland Underhill Land Trust.
in Underhill in 2006. “Had it gone into
considering making them
Because the Northrops are enrolled in permanent, for now, special
our estate at fair market value, the estate Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program,
taxes would have been too high for our tax incentives for easement
commonly known as Current Use, the
children,” said Bob. “Still, that wasn’t woodlot is assessed only for its income-
donations are set to expire
the most compelling reason. We did it producing potential from forestry. VLT’s December 31, 2009.
because we loved the land and have lived stewardship team assisted Bob and Julia
here for 50 years.” with a forest management plan. They Landowners who donate a qualified
Bob has hiked the Long Trail on six also get quite a bit of help from their son, conservation easement in 2009 will
occasions, most recently at the age of 80 Chas, a logger who lives in Richford. be able to:
with his son and grandson. The first time “Chas knows that land better than anyone
he completed the hike, in 1937, he fell in the world,” says Bob. He and Barbara • Increase their charitable
in love with the Green Mountains. After aren’t sure if Chas or their other children deduction from 30 percent to 50
attending Middlebury College, he found will want to take over the land, but they percent of their adjusted gross
work as a teacher at Burlington High are happy knowing that the easement income (AGI) in the year of their
School. In 1958, Bob found his dream donation will make the transfer less of a
home on Irish Settlement Road, just a few gift (qualified farmers may deduct
burden. up to 100 percent of AGI); and
miles from where the Long Trail reaches
its highest elevation at the summit of The Northrops, Bohns, and M.A. • Carry over any unused
Mount Mansfield. Swedlund have all said they would deduction for up to 15 years
“The house was built in the 1860s by be happy to discuss their experiences instead of only 5 years.
Irish potato famine refugees who raised donating easements with anyone who is
sheep in the summers,” Bob explains. So, considering doing the same. “Working
the Northrops tried their hand at it. “My For example:
with the Vermont Land Trust was terrific.
wife’s been a knitter all her life. We started Under the previous rules, a landowner
They made the whole process very easy,”
out with two sheep; we liked the idea, says M.A. “Vermont is so with an AGI of $50,000 who
magnificent because of its donated a $400,000 conservation
land, and we all felt really easement could take a $15,000
good in protecting a bit of it. deduction in the year of the
It’s just the right thing to do.” donation and $15,000 per year for
To learn more or to begin the next five years. His or her total
the process of donating a
deduction would be $90,000. The
conservation easement, please
remaining $310,000 would in effect
call the Vermont Land Trust
at (802) 223-5234. be lost.
Under the new rules, the same
landowner would be able to deduct
Bob and Julia Northrop found $25,000 in the year of the donation
many reasons to conserve their
land. “Had it gone into our and then $25,000 per year for an
estate at fair market value, the additional 15 years (assuming his or
estate taxes would have been her income remains the same). In
too high for our children,” said this case, the deduction would total
Bob. “Still, that wasn’t the most
$400,000, the entire value of the
compelling reason. We did it
because we loved the land and conservation easement.
had lived there for 50 years.” 3
Conservation Can’t Wait
By Gil Livingston vulnerable Vermonters and River Valley to protect two farms that
at the same time provide a will supply the Valley and the Vermont
C ommunity resilience, valuable short-term economic Foodbank with produce.
common cause, and stimulus and a long-term The economic climate has provoked
creative change: in return to us all. In our state, a disciplined, productive evaluation of
these times of uncertainty, our farms and forests are VLT’s own organizational objectives and
these Vermont principles the underlying foundation financial health. Like many families,
seem to rise to the surface. of Vermont’s economy—our businesses and organizations across
Perhaps as a reflection of our green economy. They are the Vermont and the nation, we have been
town meeting traditions, our community assets that will creatively reducing our costs—all
most animated conversations are a search help us continue to build a stronger, more without sacrificing our commitment
for shared solutions, not polarization. vibrant state for the future. to land conservation. Moving forward,
Often these solutions are forward-looking These past few months VLT worked we are excited about the work ahead:
while anchored in our traditions; they are with communities to protect some of investing in farm and forest enterprises,
practical and they exalt durability over these critical community assets. In protecting surface waters and habitats,
expedience. East Charleston, we helped a group of and supporting land stewardship. We
For the second year, the Governor’s neighbors raise over $100,000 to conserve sincerely appreciate all of you who
budget has proposed eliminating all the Moulton dairy farm, enabling the continue to give as generously as
funding for conservation. In response, family to acquire more productive land. you are able and those—as our cover
VLT has rallied more than 20 partners In Middlesex, we joined community story describes—who engage in quiet
with the call: “Conservation Can’t Wait!” leaders in raising over $50,000 to match conservation heroism. Together we
This campaign is about more than the a Vermont Housing and Conservation are demonstrating the commitment to
visual splendor of Vermont’s landscape; it Board grant to create a new town forest. fundamental values that, in common
is about land conservation’s contribution We have also just wrapped up an cause together, will engender the creative
to the success of family enterprises and ambitious $200,000 campaign in the Mad change uniquely possible in Vermont.
the vitality of Vermont communities.
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A Lasting Legacy
By Darby Bradley she loved having hikers stop by for
refreshment, Joan agreed to sell some of
T he Vermont Land Trust was less her land to the Park Service so that the
than one year old when Joan trail could be moved to its permanent
Pearsons first became involved in location. During the process, she became
our work. When she departed almost familiar with VLT’s mission. In 1988,
three decades later, she left a legacy that once the Park Service’s acquisition was
will live on for generations to follow. completed, she donated a permanent
Joan was a native Vermonter. conservation easement on the balance of
Growing up in the Woodstock area, her land.
she became an accomplished ice skater But Joan was not done with land
and horsewoman. She worked for conservation. In the early 1990s, she
many years as the secretary for the decided to bequeath her house and land
Woodstock schools superintendent and to VLT, provided that her long-time
later for Woodstock Properties, a real companion, Everett Towne, would first be
estate firm that was an early supporter cared for. Her estate plan stipulated that
of the land conservation movement in when the property is sold, the proceeds
Vermont. She cared passionately about should be used for other land conser-
animals, her land, and the community. vation projects.
Her grandfather Arthur Wilder was a Joan died in her home in December
well-known Vermont artist, and his Painting of Joan Pearsons by Erwin Hoffman 2006. Everett followed a year later. We
paintings filled her home. (Woodstock Historical Society) will miss them. Each visit by a staff
VLT first came to know Joan when member was greeted with a jar of Joan’s
we were helping the National Park liaison and occasionally as a mediator homemade raspberry jam or maple syrup
Service locate and acquire a permanent for landowners, VLT’s Appalachian Trail and stories about life in Vermont before
corridor for the Appalachian Trail from Coordinator, Preston Bristow, was able to the state was “discovered.” Those special
Killington to the Connecticut River. craft creative, peaceful solutions. times are now gone. But their legacy will
The trail was potentially an explosive Joan was one of the first people live on—on the conserved land at Joan’s
subject because the federal government Preston called upon. It was not a difficult beloved “Wayside” home and through the
had the power to condemn the land of sale. At that time, the trail ran down other land that will be protected by her
an uncooperative landowner. Acting as the town road past Joan’s house. While bequest.
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Anyone with a passion for Vermont can include VLT in their estate plans.
With the help of your professional advisor, you can transform your love of
Vermont into a gift that will live on for many generations to come.
For information on planned giving, contact Darby Bradley at (802) 262-1202 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. We can work with you and your advisors to craft the gift
plan that works for you.
Have you already included the Vermont Land Trust in your estate plans?
Joan bequeathed her house and land to VLT
We’d love to know!
and stipulated that the proceeds should be
used for conservation.
July 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008
St. Albans Island Pond
White dots represent projects
3 funded by the Vermont Housing
and Conservation Board.
Morrisville All conservation closings
featured in this issue
Hardwick have been assigned a
8 number that appears
Shelburne 14 7 St. Johnsbury at the beginning of
each project summary.
19 The numbers are also
16 plotted on this map.
10 17 Barre
Warren 1. Dillert & Maikshilo Farm
2. Randall Farm
15 9 Middlebury 3. Buttolph forestland
4. Echo Lake Farm (Moulton)
12 Randolph 5. Westview Dairy Farm (Urie)
6. Bathalon Farm
7. Green Crow Corp. forestland
21 8. Buttolph forestland
23 9. Moonlit Alpacas (Tillman)
10. Beenen farmland
White River Junction
11. Preston forestland
Rutland Woodstock 12. Ittleman farmland
13. Hinesburg Land Trust
14. Villeneuve forestland
15. Blue Spruce farmland
25 16. Paluska and Brown
24 17. Town of Berlin (town forest)
18. Long forestland
19. Cate forestland
20. Buttolph forestland
21. Park Forestry NY, LLC
22. Schafer and Long forestland
23. Charron Farm
22 24. Ewe-Turn Farm (Estate of Zonzetta Whaley)
25. Moore farmland
26. DuBoff forestland
28 27 30 27. Mile Round Woods (Fund for North Bennington)
Bennington 28. Manning farmland
26 29. Bald Hill (Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association)
30. Hunter Brook Partnership
Northeast 3 Longtime Timberland
20 hardwood forests that have contributed
Investor Conserves to the region’s economy for years. Both
KiNgdom Two Parcels Totaling properties are open for pedestrian
access—a factor that was important to
Over 1,000 Acres Ed given his passion for deer hunting. “If
Black River Valley Soils
and Frontage Protected Bakersfield/Waterville and Moretown. you’re patient and do well by the forest,
Ed Buttolph. Conservation easement you can come out just fine,” Ed relayed.
Coventry and Irasburg. Kristen Dillert and donations. 891 acres and 114 acres. “It would be awful to see these properties
Tim Maikshilo. Conservation easement developed.” Supported by the Freeman
sale. 129 acres. Ed Buttolph, a 90-year-old lifelong
Vermonter, began investing in timberland
Kristen Dillert and Tim Maikshilo’s in the 1960s. Over time, he has seen 4
Coventry valley farm has a mix of the forest respond to good management Community Rallies to
productive river-bottom land and upland practices and sound stewardship. When Protect Echo Lake Farm
pastures, meadows, and forestland. There Ed’s wife, Barbara, sold a conservation East Charleston. Geraldine, Jay, and Blair
are 70 acres of statewide important soil easement on a large parcel in Bolton Moulton. Conservation easement sale.
on the farm. Kristen and Tim have a to the State of Vermont, Ed decided to 168 acres.
growing herd of Jerseys and Holsteins donate two conservation easements on
that produce high quality organic milk over a thousand acres to VLT. Making VLT, together with Geraldine,
that has won National Dairy Quality these donations allowed Ed to meet both Blair, and Jay Moulton, the Freeman
Awards. The farm has over 2,300 feet conservation and financial goals—the Foundation, the Forrest & Frances
of Black River frontage and nearly two forestland was permanently protected and Lattner Foundation, and members of the
miles of road frontage. Conserving the some of the capital gains from Barbara’s Echo and Seymour Lakes community,
farm and making it subject to a provision easement sale were offset. permanently conserved Echo Lake
that protects future affordability were Ed’s donations were a great Farm—a small, well run dairy with
important to Kristen and Tim. “It’s not opportunity for VLT. The 114-acre 500 feet of frontage on Echo Lake in
enough to prevent development,” said Moretown parcel adjoins a previously East Charleston. The proceeds from
Tim. “The land has to be affordable for conserved 292-acre property that Ed the sale of the conservation easement
farmers in the future if agriculture in had bought a few years earlier. The were used by the Moultons to buy 104
Vermont is going to survive.” Funded by 891-acre Bakersfield/Waterville parcel acres adjacent to their farm. The family
the Freeman Foundation. (July) is a spectacular property in the Cold had been leasing this land for five years
Hollow Mountain range that includes an and used it to expand their business.
2 Newport Dairy Uses eight-acre undeveloped pond, multiple “Being able to buy this land frees us up
Conservation to Expand Farm beaver ponds and streams, a north/ from looking for land to hay,” said Blair.
south wildlife corridor, and productive “Everything will be right here at home
Newport Town. Dexter and Alice Randall.
Conservation easement sale. 29 acres.
Dexter and Alice Randall purchased
29 acres adjoining their previously
conserved 420-acre farm in Newport
and Troy. When the land came on the
market, it was priced for development
and was unaffordable for farming. The
proceeds from the easement sale helped
the Randalls buy the additional property.
“We wanted this piece to increase our
feed production and to avoid a situation
where we needed to buffer our lands in
order to maintain our organic status,”
said Dexter. “Now we don’t have to worry
about taking land out of production.”
The Randalls’ farm is part of a block of
conserved farmland in Orleans County.
Funded by the Freeman Foundation.
King’s Hill Pond on Ed Buttolph’s Bakersfield property. In 2008, Barbara and Ed Buttolph
protected over 2,700 acres of managed forestland in three towns. 7
✦ Conservation easements co-held by VLT, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.
and we’ll have more room to raise heifers. With the support
If we didn’t buy this land we would have of more than
to sell part of our herd.” The Moulton 100 community
family generously sold their development members, Blair,
rights for far less than market value. In Geraldine, and
addition, community members rallied Jay Moulton used
around conserving this farm by raising conservation to
over $92,000 for the project. Funded by expand their
the Freeman Foundation, the Forrest & dairy farm on
Frances Lattner Foundation, and over 100 Echo Lake in
members of the Echo Lake community. Charleston.
5 Broad Effort Conserves
Glover and Greensboro. Lowell Urie.
Conservation easement sale. 589 acres. 6Westfield Dairy Farm
Lowell Urie sold a conservation
easement on a stunning farm that 7 Productive Forestland
Westfield. Joanne and Robert Bathalon.
has been in his family for the past six Conservation easement sale. 157 acres. and Public Access Protected
generations. “My people have been here
Joanne and Robert Bathalon sold
and worked this land for quite awhile,”
said Lowell. “It’s important that it be a conservation easement on their Bolton. Green Crow Corporation.
available for farmers in the future; I’d hate Westfield dairy, which is located Conservation and public access easement
to think of it turning into houses.” The directly across Route 100 from the sale. 191 acres.
property has a mix of productive upland previously conserved Edwards farm. The
Bathalons produce organic milk from The Green Crow Corporation, a
agricultural soils, managed forest, and
approximately 62 cows. In addition to timberland and wood products company,
includes a 60-acre northern white cedar
productive agricultural land, the property sold a conservation easement to the
swamp. The farm also has four miles of
includes more than a mile of frontage Vermont Department of Forests, Parks
road frontage that provide outstanding
on the Missisquoi River and associated and Recreation on productive forestland
Northeast Kingdom views. Funded by
floodplain forest and wetlands. Robert, and important wildlife habitat in Bolton.
the Freeman Foundation, the Greensboro
whose parents bought the farm in the The land serves as habitat for many
Land Trust, the Town of Greensboro, the
1950s, remarked, “We’re glad this land species and includes a rare red pine
Stony Point Foundation, and a donation
will remain available for agriculture.” forest community. Part of a VAST trail
made through the Vermont Community
Funded by The Freeman Foundation. and critical sections of the Catamount
(December) Trail were also protected as part of this
easement sale. “It is very satisfying to
know that the land will not be broken up
by development and that this forest will
always be a part of the forest economy
in Vermont,” said Nick Brunet of Green
Crow Corporation. The project is part
of the Chittenden County Uplands
Conservation Project, a multi-organi-
zational effort that has conserved over
7,500 acres. The Vermont Department of
Forests, Parks and Recreation and VLT
worked together to help the landowner
access funding from the Forest Legacy
Program. Funded by the federal Forest
Legacy Program. (July)
8 Lowell Urie’s newly conserved Westview Dairy has been in his family for six generations.
8 Forest Legacy Program A view of the Tillman’s
Conserves Over 1,700 Acres Moonlit Alpacas farm.
on Bone Mountain “Conserving good farmland
will help keep Vermont the
Bolton. Barbara Buttolph. Conservation and special place that it is,” said
public access easement sale. Conservation Cass Tillman.
easement sale. 1,733 acres.
Barbara Buttolph protected a
significant stretch of managed timberland
by selling a conservation easement to
the Vermont Department of Forests,
Parks and Recreation with the assistance
of VLT. The property is located on the
southeastern side of Bone Mountain and conservation effort. “This easement adds and clothing. Shortly after purchasing
reaches up to the summit (2,900 feet). significant conserved acreage that will the property, the Tillmans decided to
It is also bordered by Mount Mansfield assure perpetual protection of wildlife conserve it. They reserved a portion of the
State Forest to the north. The conser- habitat and travel corridors while land for an agricultural tourism business
vation of this property ensures that the remaining available as working forest they hope to begin soon. “We want to
land will remain forested and open for with public access,” Leahy said. Funded integrate agriculture with tourism and
hiking, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, by the federal Forest Legacy Program. conserving the farm works well with our
trapping, and fishing. Conservation of (September) business goals,” said Cass. “People come
this property advances the goal of the to Vermont because of the beauty and the
Chittenden County Uplands Conservation
Project, ensuring that the land will
9 Large Alpaca Farm working landscape is an important part
Conserved of that, especially in Addison County.
not be developed and that the wildlife Conserving good farmland will help keep
habitat and recreational opportunities Cornwall. Tillman Family, LLC. Conservation Vermont the special place that it is.” The
of this property will be enjoyed by easement sale. 331 acres. Tillman project also includes a public
future generations. “If we don’t preserve access trail along the Lemon Fair River
Vermont, it’s going to be a dire tragedy,” In 2005, Cass and Carol Tillman
bought a former dairy farm, which that is held by the Middlebury Area Land
said Barbara about her decision to Trust. Funded by VHCB. (September)✦
conserve. Vermont Senator Patrick they’ve converted to one of the largest
Leahy, who authored the Forest Legacy alpaca farms in Vermont. They sell
Program and obtained funding for the pedigree alpacas across the country 10 Conservation Assists Dairy
Chittenden County Uplands Conservation through their business, Moonlit Alpacas, Farm Transfer
Project, was pleased to learn of this latest and their farm store offers alpaca yarn Ferrisburgh. Egbert and Berendina Beenen.
Conservation easement sale. 283 acres.
Conserving 283 acres of their farm
helped Egbert and Dina Beenen transfer
the land to their neighbors, Jason and
Jennifer Hatch. The Beenens had run a
dairy farm on the property for 46 years
before retiring in 2006. Conserving the
land made it affordable to Jason and
Jennifer, who added the parcel to their
own dairy operation. “We are very happy
that the land went to Jason and Jennifer,”
said Egbert Beenen. “They will take good
care of it and we hope the land will give
them good crops year after year.” Jason
was pleased with the opportunity conser-
vation presented to his dairy business:
“It’s a good deal for us and a good deal
for the future of Vermont agriculture,”
he said. The easement includes special
protection for 57 acres of rare clayplain
Conserving 283 acres of farmland helped Egbert and Dina Beenen transfer the land to forest. Funded by VHCB. (September)✦
neighboring dairy farmers, Jason and Jennifer Hatch. 9
11 Forested Backdrop to 13 Wildlife Habitat Area 14Robbins Mountain
Round Church Conserved Expanded Forestland Secured
Richmond. Betty and Bill Preston. Hinesburg. Hinesburg Land Trust. Bolton. Ann Villeneuve. Land sale. 489 acres.
Conservation and public access easement Conservation easement donation add-on.
Ann Villeneuve sold 489 acres of
sale. 194 acres. 5 acres.
managed forestland on the flanks of
Few properties encompass as many In the 1990s, Marian Welch sold Robbins Mountain to the Vermont
community values as Betty and Bill two properties along Lewis Creek Road Land Trust. VLT is working with the
Preston’s property in Richmond. Their to the Hinesburg Land Trust, and then Vermont Department of Forests, Parks &
194 acres have productive forestland, with VLT’s assistance conserved and Recreation to conserve the land through
habitat used by wide-ranging species, transferred both tracts to the Vermont the federal Forest Legacy Program
and a significant deer wintering area. The Department of Fish & Wildlife. In 2007, and will resell the property once it is
forestland provides a scenic backdrop to the Hinesburg Land Trust acquired permanently protected. The forestland
Richmond Village and the historic Round additional land from Marian and in provides habitat for species such as
Church. And, a majority of the recharge 2008 conveyed five acres abutting Lewis moose, bear, and fisher, and is part of the
area for the town’s water supply is located Creek Road to the Department of Fish Chittenden County Uplands Conservation
on the land. With assistance from VLT, & Wildlife. The VLT-held conservation Project. It abuts Robbins Mountain
the Prestons sold a conservation easement easement was amended to include the Wildlife Management Area and Camel’s
to the Vermont Department of Forests, added acreage. This small tract has Hump State Park and is visible from I-89
Parks and Recreation. northern hardwood and hemlock stands, and Route 2. (December)
The property, long used by community and a flowage area containing wetland
members for recreation, now has a herbaceous plants. The new acreage abuts 15Blue Spruce Farm
protected trail corridor for pedestrian existing state-owned land and expands Uses Conservation to
use. “The land has been used for walking the amount of protected wildlife habitat Expand Tillage
since my grandfather lived on the on both sides of Lewis Creek Road to 139
farm,” said Betty Preston. As part of the acres. Supported by the Hinesburg Land Bridport. Blue Spruce Farm, Inc.
project, the Prestons sold 25 acres of Trust. (October) Conservation easement sale. 441 acres.
the largest remaining floodplain forest The Audet family, owners of Blue
on the Winooski River to The Nature Spruce Farm, has farmed in Bridport
Conservancy. The conservation of this since the 1950s. This past December,
land is part of the Chittenden County
Uplands Conservation Project. Funded
by the federal Forest Legacy Program.
12 Ittleman Farm Links Two
Blocks of Conserved Land
Shoreham. Frank and Elaine Ittleman.
Conservation easement sale. 113 acres.
A large block of conserved farmland
was created when Frank and Elaine
Ittleman conserved 113 acres. The now
contiguous block includes six farms and
encompasses 2,000 acres. The Ittleman
property is almost all tillable; 93 percent
of the land has soil rated as ‘statewide
significant’ for agriculture. The property
also includes over 2,700 feet along
the Lemon Fair River. The Ittlemans
own two abutting farms. One of these
farms, located on land conserved by
the Clark family in 1999, is being used
by a beef farmer who will also use the
newly conserved land. Funded by VHCB.
(September)✦ Eugene and Marie Audet, of Blue Spruce Farm, on recently conserved land that was added to
the family’s large dairy operation.
sale of the land to the town, which then
donated the conservation easement. By
acquiring the Dufresne property the town
connected two sections of the Berlin
Town Forest, in the process expanding
the forest to 573 contiguous acres, all
of which is protected by a conservation
easement held by VLT. (May)
18 Corinth Couple Furthers
Orange County Headwaters
Corinth. Doug and Andrea Long.
Conservation easement donation. 56 acres.
John Paluska and Cynthia Brown conserved 34 acres that include pastureland, cliffs, rock Since 2004, a locally inspired and
outcroppings, wetlands, and forested natural communities. led effort called the Orange County
Headwaters Project (OCHP) has
encouraged private conservation of
the Audets conserved 441 acres of land move on, John and Cynthia’s connection forestland in Washington and Corinth.
that they purchased from Stephen and to their Vermont property is strong. The project was furthered this past
Margaret Cooke in 2007. Three Audet For nearly a decade, they have worked December when Doug and Andrea Long
brothers—Eugene, Earle and Ernie—and with eight neighboring landowners to donated a conservation easement on
over 20 family members and employees sustainably manage the wildlife habitat on 56 acres of forestland. Their property
manage the modern dairy operation their properties with the help of natural contains a mix of forest types and
that includes a methane digester, which resource specialists and the University includes a wetland perched high on the
turns manure into electricity. All told, the of Vermont. Now they have conserved a hillside above their cabin. The Longs own
family milks over 1,000 cows. “This was remarkably diverse 34 acres just north of the twenty-fifth parcel conserved as part
a business decision for us,” commented their former home. The property includes of OCHP, bringing the total conserved
Eugene Audet. “Selling the development excellent pastureland, and about 10 acres acreage to 1,650. Supported by the Freeman
rights helps our bottom line. We’re in of cliffs, rock outcroppings, wetlands, Foundation. (December)
the dairy business for the long haul and and forested natural communities that
we need this land for growing hay and have been given special protection in the 19 Cate Family Conserves
corn, not for growing houses. We feel conservation easement. The land also
we’re good stewards of the land and that offers views of conserved agricultural land
conserving this parcel fits in well with our and a forested ridge and swamp that John East Montpelier. Paul and Sandal Cate.
business goals.” In addition to 415 acres and Cynthia wish to conserve in the near Conservation easement donation add-on.
of tillage and pasture, the property has 11 future. (December) 7 acres.
acres of rare clayplain forest. Funded by
Good things come in small packages,
CeNtral including this nice piece of forestland
16 that the Cates conserved, which is
Second-time Easement This project was inadvertently omitted from adjacent to 61 acres of forest and fields
Donors Build on Conservation the last newsletter they protected with VLT in 1997. The
Legacy newly conserved acreage includes
17Berlin Expands Town hardwoods, softwoods, and some forested
Monkton. John Paluska and Cynthia Brown.
Conservation easement donation. 34 acres. Forest wetland, and improves the connectivity
of recreation trails on their property.
When John Paluska and Cynthia Town of Berlin. Conservation easement (December)
Brown conserved and sold 71 acres of donation add-on. 48 acres.
agricultural land along with their home 20Landowner Conserves
For years, John and Pamela Dufresne
in 2004, they were in the process of Moretown Forestland
planned to move back to Vermont and
moving from Monkton to Burlington.
build a home on their woodlot located Moretown. Ed Buttolph. Conservation
They retained ownership of 236 acres
high above Berlin Pond. When they easement donation. 114 acres.
adjacent to their former Monkton home,
realized this would not be possible, they
and have since moved again, this time to See Project #3: “Longtime Timberland
agreed to sell their land to the Town
California. While many in their circum- Investor Conserves Two Parcels Totaling
of Berlin as an addition to the adjacent
stances might be content just to sell and Over 1,000 Acres.”
Berlin Town Forest. VLT facilitated the 11
21 Family Invests in 1,700
Acres of Timberland in
Sharon. Park Forestry NY, LLC.
Conservation easement sale. 1,700 acres.
David Rubin and his wife, Terry
Newman, decided to form a timberland
holding company, Park Forestry, for
the benefit of their children. They are
taking a long-term view and investing in
forestland that will eventually produce
significant amounts of high quality
hardwood. When a large property that
sits just east of I-89 on the western
slope of Quimby Mountain went on
the market, the family saw a unique
opportunity. The forest had been recently
harvested, but the residual stocking had
great potential to produce high quality
hardwood. After negotiating the bargain Several vernal pools can be found on the 1,700 acres of managed forestland that the Rubin
sale of a conservation and public access family conserved in December. These pools provide important breeding habitat to amphibians.
easement with VLT, they purchased
the Sharon parcel. Conservation made
the property affordable to David and
southwest the Vermont Department of Fish &
Wildlife identified the area as a critical
Terry and allowed VLT to protect land 22
wildlife corridor. The shortest distance
in the rapidly developing Upper Valley Significant Portion of Bear between the Green and Taconic mountain
region for a bargain price. “For us, a Corridor Conserved ranges is found in this area; consequently,
successful investment has to have a mix Arlington and Sunderland. John Schafer many wildlife species, including bears,
of elements,” explained David. “It must and Tina Long. Conservation easement use the land to pass from one range
not only be sound financially, it must donation. 95 acres. to another. John and Tina conserved
benefit the community’s economy and their land with an easement especially
environment.” The land also includes Once part of a farm known locally tailored to balance wildlife and forestry
several vernal pools that serve as as Ice Pond Farm, this forestland has resources. Houses, camps, roads, and
amphibian breeding habitat. These pools been in siblings John Schafer and Tina other interruptions that would deter bears
and the forest surrounding them are Long’s family for two generations. and other large mammals from using
now protected through special language Highly productive soil and good forest the land are prohibited, while continued
in the easement. Funded by the Freeman management have made the property an long-term forest management and timber
Foundation. (December) excellent timber resource. In the 1980s, production are supported. John and Tina’s
land abuts 163 acres that were protected
in 2007. Supported the Freeman Foundation
and neighborhood donations. (October)
23Charron Family Continues
Land Conservation Tradition
Benson. Tim Charron. Conservation
easement sale. 199 acres.
Tim Charron joined his brothers,
David, John, and Lee, who had previously
conserved land, by protecting his own
farmland. Tim’s property is surrounded
by farms in a large block of rich,
agricultural land. With more than three-
quarters of the property classified as
having statewide-rated agricultural soils,
Tim Charron conserved 199 acres of Benson farmland that is used to provide hay to seven the land could support many different
types of agricultural operations. After property is a mix of agricultural land, 26 Bennington Family
many years of dairy farming, Tim now woodland, and wetland. A stream from Helps Advance Long-term
farms as a source of supplementary the wetland complex feeds into Beaver Conservation Vision
income, primarily through hay sales to Brook, a tributary of the Mettowee
seven different farms. Tim hopes his River. Although the sheep are gone Bennington. Shelli and Stu DuBoff.
sons, TG and Scott (who has a small beef from Ewe-Turn Farm, the Whaleys have Conservation easement donation.
operation), will eventually inherit the ensured that their beautiful farm is 129 acres.
land. The easement contains provisions protected forever. (October) Shelli and Stu DuBoff donated a
allowing for careful forest management of conservation easement on 129 acres of
a clayplain forest—17 acres in all—that is 25Neighbors Work Together, forestland located on a highly visible
a high-ranking ecological site in Benson. Farm Acquires Land to east-facing slope of Mount Anthony—
Funded by VHCB. (October)✦ Diversify Business the mountain that is a backdrop to
Bennington. Primarily forested with
24 Ewe-Turn Farm Pawlet and Wells. The Moore family.
maple, oak, and beech, the land has been
Conserved by Bequest to VLT Conservation easement sale. 126 acres.
actively managed by the DuBoffs since
Pawlet. Estate of Zonzetta Whaley. Gift of For many years, Francis and Phyllis 1985. The DuBoffs’ decision to conserve
land and conservation easement donation. Moore have owned a small summer supports a long-term, local conservation
80 acres. house on 128 acres of farmland in Pawlet project led by the Mount Anthony
and Wells. Their neighbors, Rich and Preservation Society (MAPS), which has
In 1962, Zonzetta Whaley and her Cynthia Larson, own a dairy farm that helped protect nearly three quarters of
husband, Benjamin, started a small was conserved in 1991. The Larsons the mountain over the past 25 years. The
sheep farm in Pawlet. Their farmhouse, wanted to expand their farm business conservation vision set out by MAPS—
one of the oldest in town, was built in to include beef and cheese and worked focusing on the highly visible, upper
1770 by Daniel Hulett and faces west with the Moores to negotiate a land sale, elevation portions of the mountain—
toward Haystack Mountain, Middle which was facilitated by the sale of a was critical to this project, as was their
Mountain, Bald Hill and the Pattern. conservation easement. The easement financial support for the easement costs.
Recently deceased, Zonzetta named VLT also protects the affordability of the farm With the DuBoff land conserved there are
and the Dorset Nursing Association as to future farmers. The Larsons’ farmstead only a few large, developable, privately
her principal beneficiaries to whom she cheese and beef venture will rely heavily owned forest parcels facing Bennington
bequeathed her house and land. Working on the Moore cropland to meet forage that remain unprotected from subdivision
with the Estate and the Dorset Nursing needs. The family’s diversified and and development. Supported by Mount
Association, VLT conserved the property sustainable agricultural model will benefit Anthony Preservation Society and the
prior to its sale to a Pawlet resident both the land and future generations of Freeman Foundation. (December)
who plans to keep it in agricultural use. farmers. Funded by the John Merck Fund
Located on Kelley Hill Road, the Whaley and VHCB. (November)✦ 27 Mile Round Woods
North Bennington. The Fund for North
Bennington, Inc. Conservation easement
donation. 44 acres.
As part of a 25-year-long conservation
effort, the Fund for North Bennington
conserved 44 acres and consolidated
previous easements that protect the town’s
much loved Mile Round Woods. Set
behind the historic McCullough Mansion,
the network of walking trails is used by
community members of all ages. Over the
years, the McCullough and Scott families
worked with the Preservation Trust of
Vermont, the Fund for North Bennington,
The Nature Conservancy and VLT, to
protect most of the property through
easements and land acquisitions. The
recently acquired acreage includes land
Zonzetta Whaley left her house and land to VLT and the Dorset Nursing Association. donated by the Terry Ehrich Estate and
The land was conserved and sold to a new owner who will keep it in agricultural use. the Scott family. This property has been
The Fund for North Bennington expanded
the conserved land of Mile Round Woods
and facilitated the conservation of Marjorie
Manning’s agricultural fields, which are
pictured here as seen from the Mile Round
combined with 205 previously protected in a populated area close to the village 30 Neighbors Join to Expand
acres under one VLT-held conservation of Bellows Falls. This woodland parcel the Hunter Brook Forest
easement. A significant portion of the adds to the existing recreational trail
property is leased to a nearby dairy network on the Basin Farm, Twin Falls, Marlboro. Hunter Brook Partnership.
operation. Demonstrating steadfast and Bellows Falls Union High School Conservation easement donation add-on.
commitment to public access, the Fund properties. The parcel has frontage on the 4 acres.
worked closely with VLT on the conser- Saxtons River and a scenic outlook from Randi vonSteinwehr and Charlie
vation easement to allow daytime public the top of Bald Hill. The conservation of Whipple joined with their neighbors
access along the main trail. (December) this land creates a contiguous string of Marty Jones and Fred Augenstern to
conserved properties totaling approxi- donate a conservation easement on four
28 Conserving Important mately 300 acres. WHPA partnered with acres, which was then added to the
Agricultural Parcel Enhances the Bald Hill Conservation Committee, larger Hunter Brook Partnership land.
Local Hiking Trail View a dedicated group that galvanized The 128-acre Hunter Brook property,
community members (including two originally conserved with VLT in 1992,
North Bennington. Marjorie Manning. schools) to help with fundraising for this is home to wildlife, wetlands, and vernal
Conservation easement sale. 24 acres. property. Once acquired, the land was pools, as well as recreational trails that are
The Fund for North Bennington, conserved with VLT and VHCB. Funded enjoyed by families and neighbors. The
in partnership with VLT, facilitated the by VHCB, several foundations and local whole property is productive woodland
purchase of a conservation easement businesses, a special legacy grant through and is enrolled in Vermont’s Use Value
on 24 acres of prime agricultural land the students of the Bellows Falls Union Appraisal Program (Current Use).
in North Bennington. The land was High School, and over 100 private (December)
conserved to secure its agricultural donations. (October)
use and to protect scenic views of the
property from the nearby Mile Round
Woods walking trail. The purchase of
development rights was financed by the
Fund, after a successful local fundraising
campaign, and through the generosity
of Marjorie Manning, who sold the
development right for less than market
value. Funded by the Fund for North
29 Bald Hill Reserve
is Created with Great
Westminster. Windmill Hill Pinnacle
Association. Land purchase and
conservation easement transfer. 55 acres. The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association (WHPA) partnered with the Bald Hill Conservation
Committee to protect 55 acres that were added to a trail network close to the village of Bellow
The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Falls. Pictured: David Buckley of the Bald Hill Conservation Committee, Nancy Everhart of
14 (WHPA) acquired 55 acres on Bald Hill VHCB, Randy Major of the WHPA, and Joan Weir of VLT.
Comings and Goings
This winter VLT said goodbye to Vermont and in the national land trust VLT also says farewell to Heidi
Barbara Wagner, our Vice President for community—have allowed us to grow Dorr who served as Director of Donor
Operations, who has decided to pursue both in scope and in wisdom. Her focus Relations. Heidi approached her work at
a career as a professional consultant on creating organizational strategy, VLT with a warm smile and deep sense
working with organizations on large-scale supporting effective organizational of professionalism. She demonstrated
systems and culture change. Barbara’s growth, creating a positive work culture, her passion for land conversation and
future work will center on creating the and helping teams increase their capacity for sharing VLT’s work with individuals,
foundation for organizational learning, to achieve their goals have allowed VLT families and foundations in a way
which is precisely what she did with to grow and flourish. We express deep that best fit their interests. Heidi also
efficacy and grace for the Vermont appreciation to her for her leadership helped VLT successfully raise the private
Land Trust for 18 years. With Barbara’s and for her commitment to VLT and to donations necessary to protect Barnard’s
guidance VLT’s systems and organi- Vermont. Clark farm and the Moulton Farm on
zational culture—often recognized in Echo Lake in East Charleston. Please join
us in wishing both Heidi and Barbara the
best of luck in their future endeavors.
Wildflower Walk and 2009 seward weber leCture
Town Forest Celebration
Come enjoy the new Middlesex Town
The Seward Weber Annual Lecture Series
Forest by taking a wildflower walk! We’ll Presents Charlie Lord, Co-founder and Executive Director of the
help inventory the botanical wealth of the Urban Ecology Institute at Boston College
new Middlesex Town Forest, as well as
the birds, woodland butterflies, and more. Thursday, April 30th 6:30 PM
At this time, there will be a celebration for The First Unitarian Universalist Church
the new town forest, which was conserved
and sold to the Town of Middlesex 152 Pearl Street, Burlington
this past winter. Co-sponsored by the
Middlesex Conservation Commission Charlie will speak about policies that have created
and the North Branch Nature Center. environmental injustice in cities. Environmental justice refers
From Montpelier, take exit 9 off 1-89; go to inequitable environmental burdens born by groups such
right on Center Rd; after 1.8 miles, turn as racial or ethnic minorities, women, residents of econom-
left onto Notch Rd. Sunday, May 17, ically disadvantaged areas, or residents of developing nations.
Charlie is the Director of the Urban Ecology Institute at
1:00-4:00 p.m. Free Boston College and serves as the chair of the Urban Ecology
Collaborative, which works to improve ecosystem services
Trail Opening in Newfane for and with urban communities through enhancing tree
The Mayer Trust property, conserved canopy and through transformation of urban land.
by VLT, will have a grand opening This event is hosted by the Vermont Land Trust, the Charlie Lord
of the David Mayer Nature Trail on Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont League of
Saturday, May 9 from 1-3 p.m. There Conservation Voters, and Audubon Vermont.
will be music along the one-mile trail
through forest and wetland communities,
including a fen. Attendees must carpool,
as there are no parking spots on site Acreage Update:
for the event. Meet at the Dummerston As of December 31, 2008, the Vermont Land Trust
covered bridge at 12:45 p.m. For info,
has conserved 491,471 acres and 678 farms.
call Lynn Levine at (802) 254-4717. Free.
Call for Nominations
VLT’s Board of Trustees helps to provide guidance and long-term thinking for the organization.
If you have ideas of potential members for our Board please call Dawn Lee at (802) 262-1214 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Lisa Cashdan, Norwich Barre, VT
Heather Darby, Alburg
Dana H. Farley, Charlotte Permit No. 222
Toby Fulwiler, Fairfield
Robert Hartwell, Manchester Center
Pete Land, Burlington
Sally Dodge Mole, Arlington
Eliot Orton, Weston VERMONT LAND TRUST
Nancy Patch, Enosburgh 8 BAILEY AVE
Walter Poleman, Richmond
Mary Powell, South Hero MONTPELIER VT 05602-2161
John Roberts, West Cornwall
Charlie Sincerbeaux, Hartland
VLT Headquarters & Central Vermont Office
8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-5234 – www.vlt.org
Elise Annes, Vice President for Community Relations
Nadine Berrini, Communications Manager
Darby Bradley, Special Asst. for Donor and Gov’t. Relations
Jane Coffey, Development Assistant
Annie Crawford, Director of Development
Kris Hammer, Regional Stewardship Manager
Penny Hannigan, Paralegal
Teija Huttunen-Green, Director of Operations & Technology
Bob Linck, Director of Conservation Funding
Gil Livingston, President
Mark McEathron, Central Vermont Director
Dawn Lee Minter, Executive Assistant
Chris Moore, GIS Technician
Jon Osborne, GIS Director
Richard Provost, Director of Finance
John Roe, Vice President for Land Conservation
Dennis Shaffer, Vice President for Stewardship
Siobhan Smith, Paralegal
Shelly Weeks, Receptionist/Office Manager
Linda Workman, Legal Assistant The mission of the Vermont Land Trust is to conserve land for the future of Vermont.
King Farm Office
3117 Rose Hill, Woodstock, VT 05091 (802) 457-2369
Donna Foster, Regional Stewardship Manager
Suzanne Leiter, Stewardship Special Assistant
Champlain Valley Office
PO Box 850, Richmond, VT 05477 (802) 434-3079
Marcy Harding, Paralegal
Bob Heiser, Conservation Project Manager
Allen Karnatz, Champlain Valley Director
Tyler Miller, Regional Stewardship Manager
Cara Montgomery, Office Manager and Program Assistant
Richard Peterson, Project Counsel
Adam Piper, Regional Stewardship Manager
Southwest & Mettowee Valley Office
10 Furnace Grove Road, Bennington, VT 05201
Donald Campbell, Southwest & Mettowee Valley Director
Southeast Vermont & Mountain Valley Office
54 Linden St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 (802) 251-6008
Do you find yourself wondering how you
Kerry Doyle, Regional Stewardship Manager
Pieter van Loon, Stewardship Forester can best invest in Vermont during these
Joan Weir, Southeast & Mountain Valley Director
difficult economic times?
Mad River Valley Office
PO Box 1420, Waitsfield, VT 05673 (802) 496-7731
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Eliza Walker, Mad River Watershed Director If you agree that our farms and forests are the
Northeast Kingdom Office
P.O. Box 427, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 (802) 748-6089 underlying foundation of Vermont’s economy then one
Dan Kilborn, Stewardship Forester
Bruce Urie, Regional Stewardship Manager
Tracy Zschau, Northeast Kingdom Director
simple yet powerful way to help is to tell your friends
Staff at Other Locations: and family that you support VLT and its mission.
Alex Wylie, Agricultural Director
Salisbury, VT (802) 352-4452
Carl Powden, Forest Projects Director
The first 50 people to respond, with a gift of $35
Johnson, VT (802) 635-7611
or more in the enclosed envelope will be sent our static
Jon Ramsay, Stewardship Agricultural Manager
Greensboro Bend, VT (802) 533-7705 window decal. This colorful decal is a great way to
Liz Thompson, VLT/TNC Conservation Biology Partnership Dir.
Burlington, VT (802) 656-9571
show your support.
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