Conserving Special Places

We provide conservation leadership, tools and expertise to permanently protect the working farms, forested ridges, wildlife habitat, water resources, trails and scenic landscapes that surround residential areas and commercial centers and make the Upper Valley a truly special place to live. We work with local conservation commissions and volunteer groups to identify and prioritize land conservation opportunities. We provide technical assistance and conservation solutions for landowners. We steward permanent agreements that conserve key properties forever.

UVLT focuses its mission in 45 Vermont and New Hampshire towns in the upper Connecticut River Valley. UVLT is a sponsor member of the Land Trust Alliance, an organization that promotes land conservation by providing advocacy and professional resources to over 1600 land trusts nationwide. UVLT has adopted LTA’s Standards and Practices for land trust operations. In 2012, The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accredited status to UVLT; the seal of Accreditation shows that UVLT has met the national standards for excellence to uphold the public trust and ensure that its conservation efforts are permanent.

Strategic Focus Areas

Unfragmented forest and natural habitat

Our goal: Supporting the working forest economy and connecting the places plants and animals need to adapt and thrive.

Productive farmland

Our goal: Supporting and promoting healthy local food and opportunities for those who grow it.

Stream corridors, shoreline of rivers and ponds, wetlands and floodplains

Our goal: Protecting clean water and resilient ecosystems.

Places to learn and play

Our goal: Establishing access to natural areas, parks and trails for all Upper Valley residents.

Special places old and new

Our goal: Helping communities protect landmarks and create more special places as they grow and change.