Land Resources Conservation
Mission: The vermont land trust works with individuals, organizations, and communities to conserve land for the future of vermont. Since 1977, vlt has permanently conserved more than 590,000 acres. This land includes more than 900 working farms, hundreds of thousands of acres of productive forestland, and numerous parcels of community lands. This conservation work changes the lives of families, invigorates farms, launches new businesses, maintains scenic vistas, encourages recreational opportunities, and fosters a renewed sense of community.
Programs: Conservation accomplishmentsthe vermont land trust is a member-supported land conservation organization that has worked with families, communities, farmers, and forestland owners since 1977 to conserve over 1,900 parcels of land important to vermonters. Vlt has permanently conserved more than 590,000 acres. This land includes more than 900 working farms, more than 410,000 acres of productive forestland, and numerous parcels of community lands. Our staff chooses initiatives and weighs investments of resources in our effort to best serve current and future residents and visitors to vermont. Our accomplishments include:protecting and stewarding farms, forests, community lands, and associated important natural areas. Protecting and stewarding land that contributes to the cultural, economic, and ecological vitality of local communities. Protecting and stewarding land that is accessible to the public, and that is both affordable and available for those who wish to use it. Improving the lives of individuals and families by invigorating farms, launching new businesses, maintaining scenic vistas, providing local food, encouraging recreational opportunities, and fostering a renewed sense of community.
stewardship accomplishmentsthe vermont land trust accepts the responsibility to safeguard and uphold, for the benefit of all vermonters, the legal agreement signed voluntarily by the landowner. We call this work stewardship. Our stewardship role means that we monitor all our conserved properties on an annual basis and meet with almost 90% of the owners of conserved land. These experiences, visiting the land and creating relationships with landowners, are core to creating balanced care for the ecological integrity, cultural heritage, and economic productivity of conserved properties.
atlas timberlands projectthe atlas timberlands project is a joint undertaking of the vermont land trust and the nature conservancy. Together, the two organizations own and manage approximately 23,000 acres of timberland in the northern green mountains. The management of this land provides direct experience with the challenges of owning and managing timberland for economic and biodiversity values. This experience has a direct impact on our ability to understand and address concerns of owners of conserved timberland. All of the land is open to the public for hiking, hunting, and other non-motorized recreation.
the brewster uplands conservation trust is a project to manage 1,000+ acres for public access recreation and educational purposes.