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Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor

The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor crosses Route 100 on the Waterbury-Stowe town line and is one of the only largely forested pathways remaining for wildlife to move between the larger habitat blocks found in the Worcester Range to the east and the Green Mountains to the west. An effort has been underway to study and protect the corridor since 2010. What started as an informal collaboration between the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and local conservation groups including the Stowe Land Trust and Stowe and Waterbury Conservation Commissions, has grown to include additional key players including the Nature Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust, and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and Agency of Transportation. 

This collaborative effort to better connect landscapes for wildlife and people stands on the shoulders of sound conservation science that shines a spotlight on Vermont’s outsized regional role in protecting biodiversity.

Smetlzer Forest

Project Description: Eric and Dale Smeltzer donated a conservation easement on their 287 acres that abut Mt. Mansfield State Forest. This property is host to several headwater streams and wetlands.

Public Access: None

Lackey Forest

Project Description: The 10-acre Lackey parcel is one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels with frontage on highly traveled and fast developing Route 100 and was sold to The Nature Conservancy for under appraised value.

Public Access: None

Curtis-Swenson Forest

Project Description: Chris Curtis and Tari Swenson conserved 63 centrally located acres in the corridor, ensuring the land will remain undeveloped and continue to have visitors like the mother bear and her two cubs that were spotted on a recent visit. They also sold a conservation easement on their land far below appraised value.

Public Access: None

Berry Forest

Project Description: Stowe Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land completed the Hunger Mountain Headwaters project in late 2019. This project conserved a 109-acre property nestled up against the Worcester Range in the corridor, and an additional 1800 acres on the other side of the mountains in Middlesex and Worcester. Both of these properties will be added to the adjacent C.C. Putnam State Forest, and will add quality forested habitat on the eastern edge of the wildlife corridor.

Public Access: Berry Forest is open to the public and contains an informal trail network. Visit the Hunger Mountain Headwaters page for more information.  

Blauvelt Forest

Project Description: In June 2020, Whitney Blauvelt sold a conservation easement on his 111 acre property in Waterbury significantly below it's appraised value. Whit's forested property abuts Rt. 100 one one side and SLT conserved land on the other and is a crucial link for wildlife. 

Public Access: An informal network of trails exists on the property and is open to neighborhood access. There is no parking and no trailhead.

Properties Grouped by Conservation Value

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Conserved Lands Map

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Download the SHWC factsheets here and here