June 26, 2019
Thanks to the outpouring of support from the Stowe area community, we have met and exceeded our goal to raise $5.75 million for protecting Brownsville Forest now and helping to care for this new state forest and other SLT-conserved land well into the future! We have also met our challenge to secure 750 donations to the Brownsville Forest campaign before July 2019, which means a group of land trust supporters will contribute another $75,000 to the effort.
Funds raised through the Brownsville Forest campaign will cover:
- The $5.5 million acquisition cost of the 750-acre Brownsville Forest;
- Associated project costs for protecting the land and making it a new state forest and;
- A significant contribution to SLT’s stewardship endowment for the long-term care of Brownsville Forest and other SLT-conserved lands.
Thank you to everyone who has donated for your generous support and for getting us close to the finish line for this big project! The closing is scheduled for July 30, and we look forward to continuing to keep you updated on our progress.
A Forest for the Future
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.
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.
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.