IN PROGRESS: Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve

Habitat for Moose, Brook Trout, Mature Forest Birds, and More


I believe we can never truly own land, we can live on it. We can be the caretakers and stewards of the land. In 50 years I hope others will walk this land in awe that someone had the courage to set aside these acres.”   —Paedra Bramhall, Landowner

 

We need your help to protect this spectacular property. The Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve is an exceptional wilderness opportunity near Woodstock, Vermont.

 

Location    Southern Green Mountains, Bridgewater Corners
Size              350 acres
Cost              $760,000
Habitat       hardwood forest and riparian habitat
Creatures   bobcat, black bear, songbirds, brook trout
Threat          development, logging
Values         mature forest, wildlife habitat, core habitat for surrounding forest block

Acquiring this property will:

  • Protect 1.74 miles of river/brook frontage, including picturesque Bridgewater Hollow Brook with cascades, waterfalls, and swimming holes
  • Permanently secure the lower half of Bridgewater Hollow, a regionally significant and iconic landscape
  • Provide core wilderness habitat to the 50,000 acre Chateauguay forest block
  • Secure an uneven aged forest ranging in age from 75-100 years, well on its way to old growth status
  • Preserve pristine brook trout habitat and a red spruce-cinnamon fern swamp – a State Significant Natural Community
  • Expand protected lands in the Ottauquechee River Conservation Focus Area

Donate now to help protect the Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve!

 

The Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve near Woodstock, Vermont is an exciting acquisition project in a dramatic landscape. This 350-acre forested habitat has remained largely untrammeled by human activity for decades.

It is the Bramhall Preserve’s water features that rank among its most ecologically important attributes.

The Bramhall Preserve is a mix of upland and riparian forest types that captures a significant portion of Bridgewater Hollow in Bridgewater, Vermont. It is situated in a >50,000-acre forest block that includes the Green Mountain National Forest, the Les Newell Wildlife Management Area of VT ANR, Vermont Land Trust easement lands, and the Appalachian Trail corridor of the National Park Service. The land lies within the Ottauquechee River Conservation Focus Area of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge as proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016.

There are over 3,000 acres of permanently protected lands within a two mile radius of the Bramhall parcel. Core Forest and Connecting Forest zones intersect on the property, which has above-average rankings in climate resiliency, landscape diversity, and local connectedness.

While the property has a forest of impressive age and complexity, it is the Bramhall Preserve’s water features that rank among its most ecologically important attributes. There are extensive riparian habitats arrayed in a mosaic of ravine, valley bottom, gorge, and river-confluence features, with a total of 1.74 miles of river/brook features between the the North Branch of the Ottauquechee River and two smaller tributaries.

There are about 88 acres of riparian buffer zones on the property. This dense and unmanipulated forest helps to provide cool, clean water to the ecosystem. These streams also provide habitat for brook trout, a species highly threatened by climate change.

In this place defined by its rugged topography, diverse mosaic of forest types, and clear streams forever-wild protection offers an exciting opportunity to preserve this already exemplary property.  Permanent protection will foster the restoration of this already mature forest into old growth and ensure that the streams and rivers remain clean and clear into the future.

Trillium, also known as Wake Robin, is native to North America and thrives in moist soils, like those found on the Bramhall Preserve.

The total budget to permanently protect the Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve is $758,834. Projects like the Bramhall Preserve are made possible by people like you. With a donation today you can help us to conserve this mature, magnificent forest as forever-wild.

You can donate, above. You can also donate over the phone by calling us at 802-224-1000, or you can send a check to 17 State Street, Suite 302, Montpelier VT 05602. Put “Bramhall” on the memo line.

Bridgewater Hollow Brook as it flows through Bramhall Preserve.

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