Anderson Trust Preserves
The Northeast Wilderness Trust received a donation of forever-wild easements on the 470-acre Guthrie Bancroft and the 166-acre Fred Pierce Place properties in March of 2016. Lester and Monique Anderson left the easements to NWT in their will and donated fee ownership of the parcels to Vermont Family Forests.
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.
Due to the sensitive nature of ongoing scientific studies on these properties, they are not open for public recreation.
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