New Things Brewing for Farmland Conservation

by Sara Cavin, Project Manager USDA embraces “ALE” and UVLT moves to tap more great projects! With the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, the US Department of Agriculture effectively ended the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (known by its acronym “FRPP”) and replaced it with the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (“ACEP”).  Under […]

A Place of Peace and Quiet: Pout Pond

By Pete Helm, Vice President, Stewardship There aren’t many 40 acre ponds with no development along the shore — Pout Pond is a place of rare natural beauty. In 2011, Put and Marion Blodgett worked with the Upper Valley Land Trust to ensure future generations would be able to visit and experience the pond as […]

Work Ended on Vermont Law

There will be no legislative action about conservation easements in Vermont this session. Instead, land conservation groups, their supporters, partners and landowners will continue to examine how best to ensure the integrity of easements over time. That’s good news! The Vermont Land Trust (VLT), which had been studying potential revisions to the original bill (VT […]