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. This large area of intact forest supports a potential cross-river wildlife corridor extending east to the headwaters of the Mascoma River and the White Mountains. Threatened, and endangered Northern Long-eared Bats have been tracked and observed in the area.
The Story of Ely Mountain Conservation Area
The original 200+ acre portion of the Ely Mountain Conservation Area was acquired in 2014 through a gift of Jock and Deecie Denison. The property had been identified by the Thetford Conservation Commission as one of the Town’s “crown jewels.” Contributions from 90 local families and businesses and the Thetford Conservation Commission supported the acquisition. In 2020, UVLT purchased adjacent property of 187 acres extending our ownership east and north into the town of Fairlee.