In May 2019, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) used a bridge loan to buy the property from Ian and Kathryn McLean who generously sold it at a deep discount. A fundraising effort is now underway to cover the $813,000 cost of buying and permanently conserving this land. So far, we have secured $210,000 from Vermont Forests, Parks & Recreation and another $224,000 from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. Private donations or pledges now total $180,000.
This leaves $200,000 to raise so that VLT can pay back the loan and give the land to the State of Vermont to be sustainably managed as part of Okemo State Forest. A conservation easement will ensure the land’s long-term protection.
Visit vlt.org/donate and select ‘Okemo Wildlife Corridor’ from the drop-down menu.
Send check, made payable to the Vermont Land Trust with “Okemo Wildlife Corridor” in the memo line, to:
Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Avenue Montpelier, VT 05602
The Mount Holly Conservation Trust, the Vermont Land Trust, and the State of Vermont are working to protect forever a 346-acre property in Mount Holly that connects the southern part of the Green Mountain National Forest with Okemo State Forest. This will guarantee that animals, increasingly on the move due to climate change, will have the uninterrupted habitat they need—a safe corridor—for traveling to find food, mates, and new territory.