Joe's Pond

Location:  Stancliff Road, Morristown, VT

Date Protected:  December 2005; easement donated by Ron and Judy Stancliff

Acres:  32.22

Landowner: Privately owned; easement held by SLT

Conservation Purposes: 

  • conserve and protect the forest, wildlife habitat, natural communities, and native flora and fauna of the property;
  • conserve and protect the waterbody known as Joe's Pond and adjacent wetlands, marshes and watercourses;
  • conserve and protect the property's undeveloped character for present and future generations; and
  • foster recreational use of and appreciation for the protected property. 

Project Background:  Stowe Land Trust accepted a donated conservation easement from owners Ron and Judy Stancliff.  The Morristown Conservation Commission was a partner on this project and assists with ongoing stewardship of the property. 

Property Description:  The Joe's Pond property consists of an 11.3 acre pond and wetland complex at the southern boundary bordered to the north by a 19+ acre mixed hardwood and softwood forest.  The remainder of the property is an actively hayed agricultural field with frontage on Stancliff Road.  There are no developed trails on the property.      

Public Access:  Joe's Pond is open to the public for a number of non-motorized recreational activities including, but not limited to, hiking, hunting, birdwatching, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and nature study.

Directions:  Joe's Pond is located just over the Stowe line in Morristown.  Heading north on Route 100 turn right onto Stancliff Road once across the town line.  Travel .5 miles down Stancliff Road until you spot the Stowe Land Trust sign on your right.  There is no established parking area - visitors should park along Stancliff Road taking care not to block any driveways.  Walk through the edge of the field to the left of the Stowe Land Trust sign until you reach treeline in order to avoid interfering with the agricultural operations.