IN PROGRESS: Simpson Wilderness Preserve

Jericho, Vermont
Fee Ownership; Active Project 

The Simpson Wilderness Preserve project aims to protect over 160 acres of key wildlife habitat in the Chittenden County Uplands Region.  Home to bobcat, bear, fisher, mink, moose, river otter, and many other animals, this land is exemplary wildlife habitat where both predators and prey breed, feed, and rest.

It is also a special place to many hundreds of people who have participated in Susan Morse’s Keeping Track program.  Students in the field training program spend time on this land, the heart of Wolfrun, where they are always sure to find a variety of animal sign as they explore Bobby Knob and the surrounding forests.  Northeast Wilderness Trust is working with Sue Morse and others to protect this place as wilderness—a place where the forest and wildlife can simply be; a place where nature can thrive.

NWT ecologist, Harry White, visited the Simpson land and noted that “almost around every turn one finds an unusual bedrock outcrop, a pocket dome, an unexpected stand of pure hardwoods, soaring cathedral hemlocks, an ancient yellow birch, a rare fern, a remote seep, or a stand of red pine frequented by bears.  Such complexity makes the Simpson Preserve a very special sanctuary.”

In addition to its wildlife values, the Simpson Wilderness Preserve also contains over 1,667 feet of first order streambed in the headwaters of the Winooski River watershed.  Protection of these low order streams is crucial to maintaining the long term health of the watershed.  The property ranks as highest priority in the Vermont Conservation Design dataset put out by Vermont Fish & Wildlife.  The Vermont Conservation Design dataset identifies areas within the state that are of highest priority for conservation to maintain ecological integrity.

Northeast Wilderness Trust’s total budget to permanently protect the Simpson Wilderness Preserve is $151,000 and we have already raised 73% of that, leaving just over $43,000 left to be raised.  Please help us protect this very special place and ensure that wild creatures can continue to call it home.

To donate online, please include “Simpson” in the designation field.  You can also donate over the phone by calling us at 802-224-1000, or you can send us a check at 17 State Street, Suite 302, Montpelier VT 05602.  Put “Simpson” on the memo line.

View a pdf project profile including a map.

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