Conservation

$5 Million Dollar Donation for Conserving 750 Acres

What has been elusive for decades, may now become a reality - the conservation of 750 acres in the Brownsville area of Stowe, know by many as the Story Land. 

Stowe Land Trust has received $5 million from an anonymous donor meant to go toward the purchase of this unique and stunning property, which was listed for sale at $9.95 million last August. The donation which was made through The Vermont Community Foundation is the largest in the Foundation's 33 year history.

If SLT is successful in raising the remaining 10% of acquisition costs plus project expenses and a contribution to its stewardship endowment, totaling $750,000, Brownsville Forest will be its largest land purchase for conservation since it was founded in 1987. 

The property is currently owned by the niece and nephews of the late Genevieve Story whose husband purchased the land for her as a wedding gift in 1950. The children remember coming up to visit their aunt, Ms. Story, and their grandmother who spent every summer in Brownsville. They have fond memories of taking walks down Brownsville Road to enjoy the views, marveling at wildlife, and picking raspberries by the beaver ponds. Through the years, Ms. Story allowed people to enjoy the property for  hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, walking and more, but over the past few years the property has been posted.  When the conservation of Brownsville Forest has been accomplished, public access will then be secure for the community to enjoy in perpetuity.

For more detail and information on this incredible, once in a lifetime conservation opportunity, you can go to the Stowe Land Trust website.  To make a donation to the project you can go here.

Source: Stowelandtrust.org

Stowe Land Trust Conserved Properties

Grand View Farm, Stowe Hollow

Ever wonder about how many conserved properties there are in Stowe? Land conservation has been an important focus in Stowe, Vermont since 1987 and as many as 30 properties have been conserved since then. Nearly 3,500 acres of farm, forest and meadow lands, have been protected for public and community benefit. These properties help to maintain the magnificent rural and scenic landscape that much of Vermont is so well known for. In addition, to saving working farms, protecting scenic views, and wildlife habitat; many of these properties provide public access for recreation and other types of enjoyment. You can take a quick hike with your picnic, to Sunset rock, right from the village of Stowe. For bird watching and breathtaking views, the 15 minute hike up to Pinnacle Meadow is one of my favorites. For mountain bikers there is a wide variety of terrain, including Cady Hill Forest, Kirchner Woods, the Dumont property, and Adams Camp. For just a respite, visit any of the natural areas found at places like Joes Pond; or the H.D. Burnham, and Halvorsen properties. If photography is a passion, hobby, or profession, you will find endless opportunities for capturing iconic images at any one of these special places.

You can learn more about all the conserved properties, and the Stowe Land Trust, by visiting their website. Click here for a map of the properties. Enjoy the natural beauty that has been preserved for our lifetime and future generations, all four seasons of the year!