Mount Holly Conservation Trust


(2006 - Present) The Green Mountain Bear Corridor

A partnership with The Conservation Fund, The Ninevah Foundation, and the Vermont Land Trust to secure a wildlife corridor linking the northern and southern sections of the Green Mountain National Forest with other state-owned and privately conserved lands.  This provides a contiguous corridor for black bear, moose, and other species as well as assuring a working landscape and recreational opportunities for the public in perpetuity.  Mount Holly sits prominently in the middle of this corridor.

Easements were purchased for the P.K. Brown parcel (400+/- acres), located in Mount Holly on the Ludlow town line at Buttermilk Falls.  Also included in this corridor, and with financial assistance from the MHCT, a highly visible property at the head of Buttermilk Falls was cleaned up and preserved, thereby protecting stream quality in the middle of this wildlife corridor.  Along with the other easements we have conserved a total of 920 acres for the bear corridor.

(2012) Star Lake Dam & Beach Reconstruction Project

Several years ago the State of Vermont, Department of Dam Safety, determined that the dam at Star Lake was a “safety hazard” and that it must be removed or rebuilt.  The reconstruction project was undertaken because of an awesome $500,000 gift by the late Patricia Nye.   Over the next two years an additional $100,000 was donated from more than 280 local residents and friends, Vermont businesses and artists, and from Town organizations and Mt. Holly students.

The project was begun in 2012 with assistance from the State and a grant from FEMA.  This initial work was a flood and hydraulic evaluation of the Star Lake watershed, and was the first step for determining the design for the dam and spillway reconstruction. 

Final Design & Construction:
DuBois & King submitted a final dam design and permit applications to the State of Vermont in January 2015 and received the permits in July. Casella Construction was chosen as the contractor for the project and completed the work by mid October.
This project was managed as a collaboration between the Mount Holly Select Board and the Mount Holly Conservation Trust and its committee, the Friends of Star Lake.  

Star Lake is now preserved for generations to come.

(2008) 506 acre Richard Anderson property along Branch Brook Road

The Conservation Fund purchased the property with financial support from the Mount Holly Conservation Trust. This spectacular parcel of valley and mountainside is visible from Healdville Road and Hedgehog Hill Road. It provides additional contiguous habitat protection for bear, moose, beaver, and other wildlife that is critically important to their long term success. It provides yet another parcel in the fabric of protected parcels in Mount Holly, bringing the total to almost 1100 acres.

(2005) Lory and Pete Doolittle 

Private donation of a conservation easement on 70 acres of property on Bowlsville Road.

(2004) Freeman/Fiske Land

Private donation of a conservation easement on 40 acres of property across from the Dana-Seward Project brought that total to 117 acres along Rte 155.

 (2003) The Dana-Seward Farm Conservation Project

Conserved 77 acres of mixed farmland and woodland on Route 155 thanks to support from the Vermont Land Trust, the Freeman Foundation, and over 150 residents of Mount Holly who contributed to the project.