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Land Protected in the Foothills of the Greens

Anderson Trust aerialMore than 640 acres of land in Lincoln and Bristol, Vermont have been permanently protected thanks to the vision of Lester and Monique Anderson, and a collaboration between Vermont Family Forests and Northeast Wilderness Trust.  As of March 31, 2016, Vermont Family Forests owns the parcels known as the Guthrie-Bancroft Farm and the Fred Pierce Place, and Northeast Wilderness Trust holds forever-wild easements on the properties. Through this effort, mixed woodlands, wetlands, streams, and meadows will be protected as wild, and the land will continue to serve as the ecological monitoring site for the Colby Hill Ecological Project. Scientists have been conducting annual biological inventories on this land for almost 20 years, creating a unique knowledge base for understanding ecological changes over time. Vermont Family Forests, which administers the Colby Hill Project, will maintain the homestead area on the Fred Pierce Place, including a historic barn. To fulfill our stewardship role, Northeast Wilderness Trust will monitor the properties at least annually. Lester and Monique Anderson’s legacy will live on as this land provides habitat for wildlife and resilience in the face of climate change, and helps researchers gain a deeper understanding of ecosystems that can be applied across the landscape.

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