News: Celebrating the Conservation of Brownsville Forest

Left to right: Michael Snyder, Vermont Commissioner of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Gus Seelig, Director of Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Kristen Sharpless, Executive Director of Stowe Land Trust, Dan Smith, Executive Director of the Vermont Community Foundation, and Walter Frame, Board Chairman of Stowe Land Trust.

Community members gathered to hear project partners speak about the newly conserved Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest.

Four young conservationists cut the ribbon to officially open Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest to the public. Photo by Catherine Drake.

Surrounded by sweeping mountain views, community members, Stowe Land Trust, and its project partners from the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the conservation of the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest Wednesday morning.

Addressing a crowd of approximately 75 people in a meadow located on the newly conserved property, Stowe Land Trust's executive director, Kristen Sharpless, and representatives from project partners spoke about what the 750-acre property means to the community and thanked the Story family for their vision and willingness to conserve the property. 

A group of four young conservationists then gathered to cut the ribbon to officially open the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest to the public. 

Guided trail walks on the property were led by members of the Stowe Land Trust Board of Directors and project partners following the ceremony. 

For information on trail access and which uses are permitted, please visit https://www.stowelandtrust.org/projects/brownsville. Please call Stowe Land Trust (802) 253-7221 or email info@ stowelandtrust.org with any questions.