Moscow Recreation Field

Location:  On Moscow Road in Stowe, Vermont

Date Protected:  August 1998; land purchased by SLT with funding from the Freeman Foundation, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and private donation.

Acres:  4.7

Landowner: Town of Stowe; conservation easement held by Stowe Land Trust and Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Conservation Purposes:  The primary purpose of the conservation easement is to conserve and protect the public outdoor recreational, scenic, cultural and open space resources, and to prevent the development of the property. The secondary purposes of the conservation easement are to provide opportunities for educational activities; permit the construction and maintenance of public trails and structures incidental to appropriate public recreational use; and conserve wildlife habitats and forestry values for present and future generations.

Project Background:  In 1997, the owners of the Moscow Recreation Field announced that they intended to sell the property rather than renew the Town’s lease. Stowe Land Trust and others immediately recognized the importance of permanently conserving this open space. Stowe Land Trust purchased the Moscow Recreation Field in August of 1998 with support from the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and private contributions. After purchasing the Moscow Recreation Field, Stowe Land Trust and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board placed a conservation easement on the property and conveyed the title to the Town of Stowe.

Property Description:  The Moscow Recreation Field lies at the western edge of the hamlet of Moscow. Its southern boundary is the Little River, with approximately 650 feet of river frontage. Its other boundaries are residential or commercial parcels and Moscow Road. It sits at 300 feet in elevation and is mostly flat. Approximately two-thirds of the property lies within the 100-year flood zone. A riverine natural community is located between the river and open area. This riparian area serves as an essential buffer zone which provides critical wildlife habitat, discourages erosion of the stream bank, and acts as a filter for surface run-off of storm water. It has 2 baseball diamonds, a picnic area, and a small pond.

Public Access:  The Moscow Recreation Field is available to the general public for all types of non-motorized dispersed recreational and educational purposes (e.g. bird watching, walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, nature study, etc.)

Directions:  The Moscow Recreation Field is located on Moscow Road in Stowe, Vermont. Heading north on Route 100 turn left onto Moscow Road. Travel 0.8 miles then turn left into the Moscow Recreation Field parking area.