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Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor

Stitching Together the Pieces

The time to protect the Shutesville Wildlife Corridor is now. 

Spanning across the Waterbury-Stowe town line the corridor is the only viable connection between the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range. It is one of the five most important wildlife crossings in the state and a critical part of an international network of connected forest habitats in the northeast.

Since 2010, a group of local, statewide and international organizations have been working together to use several key strategies for keeping the wildlife corridor open and safe, including cooperating with local families to permanently protect the highest priority parts of the corridor. This Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Partnership is a valued part of the Staying Connected Initiative.

Yet, the future of the corridor is far from secure. Mounting development pressure continues to pose a looming threat to wildlife's ability to migrate. 

This winter, Stowe Land Trust has the opportunity to conserve the next piece of the puzzle: 83 acres of key forest habitat in the heart of the corridor. By conserving the land now, we can make sure another part of the corridor is protected forever. Vermont's wildlife need your help to say on the move, and we know you're up to the task.

Help wildlife thrive for generations to come!

Learn more about how you can protect the corridor.

Early Successes

Thanks to the commitment of visionary land owners, partners and supporters who already stepped up to conserve more than 500 acres, the amount of protected habitat in the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor has tripled since 2018.

About the protected properties


News & Updates

Press: Stowe Land Trust Closes on Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Property

On January 24, Stowe Land Trust purchased 86 acres in the heart of the corridor with assistance from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, The Nature Conservancy, the Canadian Friends of Stowe Land Trust, the Vermont Land Trust, and local…

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A locator map showing the protected property in the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor.

Press: Stowe Land Trust seeks to protect 83-acre wildlife corridor

A key piece of the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor is at risk of development and Stowe Land Trust and its partners need to raise a final $99,000 by the end of December.

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An aerial view showing the fall foliage of the protected property alongside Route 100.

Local habitat, regional impact

“The moose stopped in the middle of Route 100, right by the “Welcome to Waterbury” sign,” says Walt Looney. “Took a long look at us, then slowly continued into the woods. Even though we were in a car, it felt like we were on its turf.”

 

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Shutesville Hill Speaker Series Recording Online

In case you missed it, check out our recording of last month's Shutesville Hill Speaker Series with The Nature Conservancy's Jim Shallow. Jim shared information on TNC's new Family Forest Carbon Program...

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