UVLT and the Norwich Conservation Commission are excited to announce the completion of our fundraising campaign to purchase and protect the Woody Adams Conservation Forest! With the support of 148 individuals and families in the community we were able to raise the $65,000 needed to complete the purchase of this important piece of upland forest habitat. We wish to thank everyone who contributed for their support of protecting these special places!
The funds were raised by UVLT and the Norwich Conservation Commission to protect the land between the Norwich town forest and the Gile Mountain fire tower. These 186 acres of high elevation forest harbor important wildlife habitat, flood resilience potential, and climate change mitigation features. The Blue Ribbon Trail from Beaver Meadow Road to the fire tower runs through this property. For more information on this property click here.
The addition of this land to the town’s portfolio will more than double the Gile Ridge acreage. All three parcels – the town forest, the Woody Adams Conservation Forest, and the Gile Mountain tract – will be protected with a conservation easement held by UVLT and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. The total protected land will be 290 acres.
UVLT and the Conservation Commission hope to complete the next steps in the process of conserving these properties in the next few months and look forward to celebrating the closing and collective protection efforts with the larger community sometime this summer or fall.