Crawford Forest

Location:  Straddling the southwestern boundary between Stowe and Waterbury

Date Protected:  December 2002; easement donated to SLT by Crawford Family.

Acres:  63

Current Landowner: Privately owned; SLT holds a conservation easement

Conservation Purposes:  The purposes of the easement are to protect the open space, wildlife habitat, wetlands, natural communities, native flora and fauna, and quietude of the property; to allow non-motorized recreation by the public; to protect and enhance the property’s undeveloped and open space character for present and future generations; to revive open, non-forested field areas.

Project Background:  Barbara and Howard Crawford and their children donated a conservation easement and trail easement on their land in December 2002. Barbara said, “Our entire family is concerned about the environment and this just seemed like the right thing to do.”

Visitors to the Crawford property enter along the Wall Trail, which is named after the historic, stone fence that lines the property. The trail winds deep into a tranquil forest that makes you feel like you are in a remote place. If you ramble off the trail towards the wetlands, you may sneak a view of a beaver and quite possibly catch a glimpse of a moose. Massive moss and fern covered boulders reflect the geological history of the area and animal tracks remind hikers that they are not alone in the woods. The Crawford land is without a doubt spectacular.

Property Description:  The Crawford property consists of 4 lots.  Lots 1, 2, 3 and a portion of 4 are reserved for house sites.  Two portions of Lot 4 are conserved and referred to as Conservation Area A and B.  Conservation Area A is 16 acres and located in Stowe and Waterbury.  Conservation Area B is 47 acres and located entirely in Waterbury.  There are two Class II wetlands located on the property, one in each conservation area.  The wetland in Conservation Area B contains a beaver complex.  The property varies in topography and elevation, ranging from 680-980 feet.  The forest is mixed, containing northern hardwoods and softwoods.  There are a few old logging trails and stone fences throughout the property.

Public Access:  The property is available to the general public for the following non-motorized, dispersed recreational purposes:  hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking and wildlife observation.

Directions:  The property is located off Barnes Hill Road in Moscow.  From the intersection of Route 100 and 108 in Stowe Village, head south on 100 for 2.4 miles.  Turn right on Moscow Road and head toward Moscow Village.  Take a left on Barnes Hill Road just after the Pizza Joint and before the village.  Go to the end of Barnes Hill Road and look for a small pull out area on the left side of the road.  The Wall Trail heads in a southerly direction from the parking pull out.