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We know conserved land isn't just a collection of natural features. The places we protect are more than just fields, forests, and waters—they are the stages on which some of our greatest memories take shape. We are dedicated to the conservation of land for our community, and the benefits you recieve from our work matter deeply to us. We hope your time on conserved land lets you to Connect to Something More—to your family, your community, and your environment. 

Do you have a story about how Stowe Land Trust has made a difference in your life? We would love to hear and share it with others! We invite you to share with us with how SLT has impacted you: through a story, a poem, a photo, or any other medium. Your stories—all of them—add up to why we do this important land conservation work. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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Connecting with family and place in Brownsville Forest

When the property owned and cared for by generations of their family changed hands, the Grimes family lost a connection to more than just their old hunting grounds...

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The Healing Power of Nature

Vermont’s toughest youth have reminded us that a little bird seed and a bird feeder goes a very long way toward loving kindness and healing.  

Dr. Aron Steward - a VT psychologist with expertise in violence prevention, health & wellness and…

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Conserving Land for Wildlife & Public Good

Chris Curtis and Tari Swenson have lived on North Hill in the heart of the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor since 1974 where their children grew up loving the woods, animals and serenity of the land. Chris and Tari sold a conservation easement…

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Looking to the Future

Imagine a Stowe 30 years from now that has more farms, plenty of trees, lots of wildlife, and rivers for fishing. Throw in a dragon that spits water to help grow trees and some tigers and you've got a place some of our youngest community members…

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The Push to Get Going

Merton Pike is a retired farmer and a Stowe Land Trust founding & Emeritus Director. When Merton’s parents moved to Stowe in 1921, there were about 200 farmers in town. By the 1980s, things had changed. Farmland was being developed at a rapid rate…

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The Early Seeds of Stowe Land Trust

This spring in celebration of SLT’s 30th anniversary, we sat down with founding member and Emeritus Director, John Merrill, to ask about how the land trust got started. John began coming to Stowe to ski when he was a college student in the 1960s.…

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How Fortunate We All Are

Meg Kauffman and her husband decided to relocate to Stowe from the Boston area in 2003 because they had grown weary of long commutes and interminable lines of traffic. They wanted a simpler, more relaxed lifestyle in a quintessential New England…

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Nature Adores a Vacuum

After moving to Stowe with his wife Gibby in 1987, Charlie Berry wanted to expand his work life outside the corporate world where he had spent much of his career. Toward this goal, he decided to buy and run a small property management company that…

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Looking for a Successor

Christine Kaiser was ready to retire. She had been running her family’s farm in Nebraska Valley for decades, first milking cows then switching to operating a goat dairy. She also sold eggs, pork and chicken to her neighbors and area restaurants. When…

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