Hunger Mountain Headwaters Keeping the Worcesters Wild

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. 

Project Facts:

  • Total project cost: $4.5 million
  • Private/public funds left to raise: 1%
  • Funders: Federal Forest Legacy Program, donations from landowners, Town of Middlesex, private foundations and individuals
  • Acres critical forest to be protected: 2,000
  • Towns in project area: Stowe, Middlesex and Worcester
  • Plan for the land: Additions to CC Putnam State Forest; 100 acres to remain in private ownership with a conservation easement
  • Important areas conserved: Parts of Worcester Range and Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor
  • Trails nearby: Stowe Pinnacle, Skyline Trail, and Hunger Mountain
  • Conservation values: Core forest, headwater streams, critical wildlife habitat, public access and scenic views

See a map of the project area.

News & Updates

Keeping the Worcesters Wild - a story by Elisabeth Fenn

Leahy Announces $2.6 million to Conserve Hunger Mountain Headwaters - Times Argus, August 3, 2018