Forever-Wild Easement; Completed Project
The Northeast Wilderness Trust received a forever-wild easement on this 112-acre property in 2003. The land is part of the Colby Hill Ecological Project, started by the landowners in 1998, which conducts an annual ecological assessment, thereby providing important baseline ecological data for scientists who are studying the benefits of forever-wild land conservation. The property is located in the foothills of the Green Mountain National Forest and close to the Bristol Cliffs Wilderness Area and adds to the protection of ecologically-rich low elevation land in Vermont.
The Anderson-Wells property contains 75 acres of forest, including alder, early successional forest, northern hardwoods, red spruce, and ridgetop hardwoods, and 37 acres of open fields. The annual ecological assessment includes the study of natural communities, plants, animals, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, terrestrial invertebrates, small mammals, and amphibians and reptiles. The conservation easement will protect the natural values of the property and allow its ongoing use for scientific purposes.
April 2016 update: This property has expanded by more than 640 acres! Read more here.
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