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Burnt Mountain wilderness back in the headlines

A hiker gazes out on what will soon be the Burnt Mountain Wilderness.

One of the most exciting conservation projects in New England just jumped back into the headlines with a feature story in the weekend edition of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and the Rutland Herald.

Click on the photo to read the full story.

When Northeast Wilderness Trust closes on the forever-wild easement protecting 5,500-acres around Burnt Mountain in the northern Green Mountains (projected in 2019), it will become the largest privately-conserved wilderness area in Vermont.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Vermont owns the property and is donating the easement to Northeast Wilderness Trust to ensure that the property will be managed “forever-wild” in perpetuity.

In addition to its value as wildlife habitat and source of clean water for two large watersheds, Burnt Mountain will double as the largest carbon storage project in Vermont, allowing TNC to recoup costs from the purchase of the property. At more than 5,000-acres in size, the forest is the first in the Green Mountain State that will be eligible for enrollment in California’s regulatory compliance market.

Most important of all, this vast and intact northern hardwood forest will “remain unmanaged and wild,” and allowed to “go on at its own pace,” says Northeast Wilderness Trust Executive Director, Jon Leibowitz.

Burnt Mountain Wilderness is possible because of support from people like you. For a limited time, join us as a monthly donor and receive an autographed copy of renowned conservationist John Davis’ recent book, Split Rock Wildway: Scouting the Adirondack Park’s Most Diverse Corridor.

A gnarled yellow birch on the proposed forever-wild Burnt Mountain property.

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