Mission: The upper valley land trust helps people conserve land. Uvlt provides conservation leadership, tools and expertise to permanently protect working farms, forested ridges, wildlife habitat, water resources, trails and scenic landscapes. Our conservation projects secure and sustain the mixture of land uses so critical to the vitality and identity of the upper valley region.
Programs: Land conservation: we work with local conservation commissions, volunteers and partners to identify and prioritize land conservation opportunities. Our conservation transactions include donated conservation agreements and purchases, land received through bequests or bought outright. We provide technical assistance and conservation solutions for landowners. We hold permanent restrictions (conservation easements or fee title) to conserve key properties forever.
conservation easement and land stewardship: we uphold conservation protections on permanently-conserved parcels of land. We protect the conservation interests entrusted to us through strong relationships with landowners and regular inspections of all protected lands. Land management and use of fee-owned lands are geared, where appropriate, toward providing public access and creating educational opportunities. We maintain trails and campsites and own several natural areas.
conservation education- through publications, events, and outdoor programs, we educate, empower, motivate, and inspire people to support land conservation and stewardship by voluntary action. We engage private and public support and build partnerships to carry out conservation transactions. We encourage civic participation in conservation strategies and priorities. We encourage people to enjoy and care for open space and natural resources.
I have worked with the Upper Valley Land Trust for a relatively short period of time but have been impressed with the job they do for many years. Although UVLT is only about twenty years old it now ranks amongst the largest in the country in terms of acreage persevered. The amount of work that is done each year by a small dedicated staff, a very active Board of Trustees and a large number of unpaid volunteers is quite extraordinary. Careful attention is focused on every proposed and current easement to see that each is created and maintained in keeping with the highest standards individually appropriate to each piece of property.