IN PROGRESS: Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve
Bridgewater Hollow, Vermont
Fee Ownership; Active Project
The Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve near Woodstock, Vermont is anexciting acquisition project in a dramatic landscape. This 350-acre forested habitat has remained largely untrammeled by human activity for decades.
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. As a dense, unmanipulated forest, this woodland is helping 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.
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.
To donate online, please include “Bramhall” in the designation field. 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.
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