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Although Brownsville  Forest was an active hill farm community through the 1940s, today, it feels wild and remote. Before the property was posted several years ago, neighbors and community members long appreciated using the land for hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, walking and more.

Big. Beautiful. Beloved. Owned by the Story family for decades, Brownsville Forest is our last chance to protect vast room to wander on the wild side of Stowe.

Brownsville Forest is part of the Worcester Range: one of Vermont’s most wild and least protected mountain ranges. The State of Vermont has designated the Worcesters as a Highest Priority Area within the state and the region for maintaining biodiversity and an ecologically resilient landscape in the face of climate change. Protecting Brownsville Forest is a local conservation effort that will have a global impact.

The Threat

Owned by Genevieve Story and her family since 1950, this one-of-a-kind property is now for sale. It was listed in August 2018 for $9.95 million and is at risk for development and being closed to the public.

The Opportunity

Stowe Land Trust has a window of opportunity to purchase Brownsville Forest from the Story family who want to see the land to stay as is for the next generation to enjoy. If we are successful, it will be transferred to the State of Vermont as an addition to the C.C. Putnam State Forest subject to a conservation easement held by Stowe Land Trust and a management plan that will be prepared with an opportunity for public input.

See a map of the project area.

This historic conservation effort will protect:

  • The largest remaining undeveloped and unprotected property in Stowe
  • The wild and remote character of the Worcester Range
  • 750 acres of critical forest, wetland, and open habitat for moose, deer, songbirds & more
  • The water quality of Moss Glen Brook
  • A special part of Stowe's hill farm history
  • Scenic views from many vantage points
  • Public access to the land and trails for non-motorized recreation, and continued enjoyment of Class IV roads

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