Access to Nature
UVLT Owned & Managed Conservation Areas
While many of the properties that UVLT conserves remain in private hands, our goal in outright ownership is to ensure that all Upper Valley residents have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of conserved land and participate in its stewardship. Many of the lands we own are available as outdoor classrooms for all ages. At some UVLT Conservation Areas, forestry or farming activities may be underway and visitors should follow our guidance on this site and on kiosks and signs to avoid risk and inconvenience to UVLT’s tenants and contractors. UVLT owns some properties because of their ecological significance or special management objectives. These Conservation Areas may have limited public access and may host scientific research or demonstration projects.
Canaan, New Hampshire
The Bear Pond area is one of UVLT’s largest projects by acreage, with over 900 acres including 95 acres of peat bog and 65 acres of wetlands at the headwaters of the Mascoma River. Bear Pond Natural Area has “forever wild” restrictions where wildlife, natural processes, and habitat succession are prioritized for management with relatively little human disturbance to the property.
Brookmead Conservation Area is 352 acres of farm and forest land in Norwich, VT. This property supports local agriculture, education, scientific research, and multi-use recreational trails. Enjoy the views of our rural countryside as you climb into the forest, or find quiet and solitude as you wander the miles of singletrack trails through the woods
Located at the northern edge of Thetford’s largest unfragmented forest area, the Ely Mountain Conservation Area is open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. You will find huge old trees, rock outcroppings, glacial boulders, seeps and streams draining into four different watersheds.
Lyme, New Hampshire
UVLT’s 250-acre Lyme Hill Conservation Area abuts a number of parcels conserved by private landowners. Our land is a mix of forested slopes with stream frontage and wetland. Lyme Hill Conservation Area is a popular destination for recreationalists including hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, runners, dog walkers, cross country skiers, and snowmobilers.
The 148-acre Morey Mountain Conservation Area is near two other UVLT-owned properties – Cliff’s Cliff at the Palisades and the Blendina and Harold Sargent Preserve – and is within a larger area identified as a “hot spot” by the VT agency of Natural Resources due to an abundance of rare, endangered, or threatened species.
Orford, New Hampshire
This 146-acre property is a mix of forest, field, and water, that, in the 1800s was once part of a farm community in a section of Orford known as Quinttown. After the village was largely abandoned, the reclusive Billy Brown owned the property into the 1950’s with no electricity or running water and a road that wasn’t maintained through the winter.
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Rix Ledges is 358 acres of wetlands, talus slopes, rocky ridges and swampy peat lands. Sitting in the north eastern corner of Lebanon, surrounded by development, it offers a habitat oasis to bears, bobcats, coyotes and moose.
Enfield, New Hampshire
Smith Pond Shaker Forest consists of 995 acres of forest and wetlands in Enfield located between two State Wildlife Management Areas. The three properties combine to provide thousands of acres of significant wildlife habitat. UVLT’s property boasts two waterfalls, numerous articles from Shaker History including spillways, dams, canals, and stone walls, and the beautiful Smith Pond with serene and scenic views.
Enfield, Grantham, & Plainfield, NH
Snow Mountain is a 400-acre tract that spans Enfield, Grantham, and Plainfield. The multiple forest community types and four wetland complexes provide habitat to a huge variety of flora as well as wildlife like birds, bears, and beavers.
Unity, New Hampshire
At approximately 1100 acres, Up On the Hill is the largest of the Conservation Areas owned by UVLT. It stretches from Morningside Lane in Charlestown, NH to Sawyers Brook in Unity, NH with a portion of the property located in southwest Claremont. The property is actively used for agriculture and forestry.
Zebedee Wetland is renowned by bird-watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Situated off Houghton Hill Road in Thetford, the 27-acre property was acquired and conserved in 2010 with a huge outpouring of community support.