For the first time, Stowe Land Trust is partnering with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) – a national land conservation organization – to protect critical forestland here in Stowe and nearby. This project is SLT's first landscape-scale conservation effort to protect the Worcesters - the quiet, wild, and remote 45,000-acre mountain range that includes the popular Stowe Pinnacle and Hunger Mountain Trails. Just below these peaks lie threatened properties totaling 2,000 acres—important parts of the Stowe experience and Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor that were at risk of being sold and developed. That risk has been temporarily diminished by TPL's purchase of two of the properties. Once all public and private funds have been secured in partnership with TPL, the properties will be transferred to the State of Vermont for permanent protection. If we're successful, the properties will be added to C.C. Putnam State Forest, securing critical wildlife habitat, protecting local water quality, and ensuring the wild character of some of our community's most popular hiking destinations.
Hunger Mountain Headwaters Keeping the Worcester Wild
The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Partnership Keeping the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Open & Safe
The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor crosses Route 100 on the Waterbury-Stowe town line and is one of the only largely forested pathway remaining for wildlife to move between the larger habitat blocks found in the Worcester Range to the east and main Green Mountain chain 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. Click here to learn more about the corridor, partnership, conservation efforts and what you can do to help.
News & Updates
Putting the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor on the Map - December 22, 2017
Our strategic land protection efforts are ongoing. For more information on priority projects or to make a donation to support this important work, contact: Kristen Sharpless, Executive Director at kristen@ or 802.253.7221. stowelandtrust.org