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of Forests, Parks and Recreation
to promote diverse public access
opportunities, sustainable forest
management, high quality wildlife
habitat, water quality and the
function of water systems, and the
protection of natural, historical and
cultural resources. "Conservation
projects such as this are critical to
protect Vermont's special natural
resources," said Becca Washburn,
the Department's Director of Lands
Administration and Recreation. "We
are proud to protect the sweeping
hillsides and forested hills of the
Worcester Range, to ensure that
these unique lands will be open to
all Vermonters. We want to thank
The Trust for Public Land, Stowe
Land Trust and the U.S. Forest
Service for all their work to help us
conserve this piece of Vermont."
This project was made possible
by funding from the federal
Forest Legacy Program, which is
administered by the U.S. Forest
Service and funded through the
Land and Water Conservation Fund
(LWCF), and the Ernest E. Stempel
Foundation, Conservation Alliance,
the Mill Foundation, the Larsen
Fund, S&C Harvest Foundation, the
MacLeay Foundation, the Lintilhac
Foundation, Pinnacle Outdoor Group,
the Oakland Foundation, Canadian
Friends of Stowe Land Trust, and 109
private individual donors.
Senator Patrick Leahy is a leading
member and former chairman of the
Senate Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition, and Forestry, who led in
creating the Forest Legacy Program
as part of the 1990 Farm Bill.
Leahy said, "I join all Vermonters in
thanking thank Charlie and Gibby
Berry and the other landowners
who have conserved their land
to the benefit of Vermont forests,
wildlife, and communities. Their
efforts have helped us add this to
the legacy of all Vermonters, now,
and into the future. The Trust for
Public Land and State of Vermont
have accomplished a superb project
that is exactly what we envisioned
for the Forest Legacy Program, now
in its 30th anniversary."


Vermont a great place for visitors and
residents alike," noted Kate Wanner,
Project Manager at The Trust for
Public Land. "This expansion of
protection of the Worcester Range
- one of the only undeveloped
mountain ranges without a ski area
or bisecting roads - will safeguard
that sense of wildness and
exceptional outdoor experiences just
minutes away from the capital, and
the recreational hubs of Waterbury
and Stowe. During this time of
uncertainty, access to trails and vast
public lands will be essential part
of our mental and emotional health,
recovery, allowing us to reconnect to
nature and our community."
These properties also provide
vital habitat for wildlife, including
moose, bobcat, and ruffed grouse.
Wild brook trout thrive in 12 miles of
streams that feed the Winooski River,
and the property's rock outcrops and
ledges are thought to be denning
sites for bobcat, bear and porcupine.
"Stowe Land Trust's investment
in this landscape-scale conservation
effort reflects how much the
greater Stowe community values
the vastness and wild character of
the Worcester Range - even the
portions that fall well outside Stowe's
town boundaries," stated Kristen
Sharpless, Stowe Land Trust's
executive director. "We are grateful
to landowners, like Charlie and Gibby
Berry, whose vision and generous
action in conserving their land makes
efforts like these possible along with
the Forest Legacy Program and many
private foundations and individuals
who helped to fund the project."
Sharpless also noted, "We are
especially pleased that the 109-acres
protected in Stowe and previously
owned by the Berrys also fall within
the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor
- an internationally important wildlife
corridor connecting the Worcester
Range and the Green Mountains -
that we are simultaneously working to
protect with other local and statewide
As additions to C.C. Putnam
State Forest, the land will be owned
and managed by the Department

Senator Bernie Sanders added,
"I want to congratulate the Trust
for Public Land, the Stowe Land
Trust, and the State of Vermont for
their work to protect the Hunger
Mountain Headwaters. Thanks to
this conservation effort, the many
benefits forests provide - including
outdoor recreation opportunities,
wildlife habitat, and improved
water quality - will be realized in
perpetuity. I am proud that federal
funding helped make this project
"It's always a good day when
you are hiking in Vermont," said
Congressman Peter Welch. "This
project will ensure that Vermonters
are able to access the beautiful
Worcester range for generations to
come. Conservation practices are
critical to our way of life in Vermont,
which is why I continue to fight in the
House for full funding of the Forest
Legacy Program and the Land and
Water Conservation Fund."
About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land
creates parks and protects land
for people, ensuring healthy, livable
communities for generations to
come. Millions of people live near a
Trust for Public Land park, garden,
or natural area, and millions more
visit these sites every year. For more
information visit www.tpl.org.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Summer 2020

Forests and Families
Forest Interactions
Forestry Amid a Pandemic
National Treasure: The Return of Longleaf
White Oak in the Buckeye State
Tools and Resources
Amazon Makes Major Investment in Family Forests
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Overstory
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - National Treasure: The Return of Longleaf
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