The NWTF contributed to the Stowe Land Trust’s purchase of a 750-acre parcel of forest in Stowe, Vermont, preserving the now public land and enabling use by future generations of outdoorsmen and women.
The land purchase prevented potential development and transferred ownership to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, which protected the area permanently with a conservation easement.
“The easement transferred ownership of the land to the state of Vermont, where it will be a part of the adjoining 15,000-acre C.C. Putnam State Forest,” said Matt DiBona, NWTF district biologist for New England.
“Stowe Land Trust is so pleased that the Brownsville Forest conservation effort created common ground for many different people with a variety of outdoor recreation interests who all pitched in to help protect this outstanding local and statewide resource,” said Kristen Sharpless, land trust executive director. “The sporting community’s investment in the protection of high-quality wildlife habitat and new public lands is truly appreciated.”
“The Vermont State Chapter and the local Lomoille County Stutters were proud to be a part of this effort, which will protect important wildlife habitat and secure public access for hunting, trapping, and fishing, not to mention other recreational activities such as hiking and skiing,” DiBona said.
The Stowe Land Trust raised $6 million from an anonymous $5 million donation and over 750 other donors including the NWTF.