Location: Alongside the Mountain Road (Bouchard Farm to the west and Landmark Meadow to the east) in the center of the Town of Stowe. The properties are separated by the West Branch River, Mountain Road and Stowe Recreation Path.
Date Protected: July 1998; purchased easement
Acres: 196; Bouchard Farm 180, Landmark Meadow 16
Landowner: Private ownership; conservation easement held by Stowe Land Trust.
Conservation Purposes: Bouchard Farm - The primary objectives of the easement are to conserve productive agricultural and wood lands, wildlife habitats, non-commercial recreational opportunities and activities, and other natural resource and scenic values. Landmark Meadow – The primary objectives of the easement are to conserve productive agricultural lands, wildlife habitats, and other natural resource and scenic values.
Funding Partners: Landmark Meadow - Freeman Foundation, Edward and Brian Bronfman, neighbors, and SLT members.
Project Background: Paul Percy has been farming the Bouchard Farm since 1976. Like most farmers, his life revolves around his land and crops, barns and animals. Stowe Land Trust accepted a conservation easement from Mr. Percy on 180 acres of the Bouchard Farm, and purchased then sold the 16-acre Landmark Meadow to Mr. Percy subject to a conservation easement. The conservation of Landmark Meadow and Bouchard Farm provides some of the most stunning views of Mt. Mansfield. The bucolic scene of pastured cows and open meadows against the backdrop of Mt. Mansfield can be enjoyed while biking, skiing or walking the Stowe Recreation Path, which winds along the east side of the Bouchard Farm.
Property Description: Bouchard Farm is a total of 266 acres; 180 acres are covered by the conservation easement held by Stowe Land Trust. Of the 180 acres under easement, approximately 125 acres are tillable lands of prime or statewide significant soils. Landmark Meadow is a total of 16.1 acres bordered on the west by Route 108. A small stream runs along the eastern property boundary. All of the 16.1 acres is currently in corn production.
Public Access: The farm is not open to the public. However, the Stowe Recreation Path passes along the property next to the West Branch of the Little River and can be accessed via Thompson Park off of the Mountain Road opposite Landmark Meadow.