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Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor

The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor crosses Route 100 on the Waterbury-Stowe town line and is one of the only largely forested pathways remaining for wildlife to move between the larger habitat blocks found in the Worcester Range to the east and the Green Mountains 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. 

This collaborative effort to better connect landscapes for wildlife and people stands on the shoulders of sound conservation science that shines a spotlight on Vermont’s outsized regional role in protecting biodiversity.

The Staying Connected Initiative

Early Successes

With support from private donors and foundations, Stowe Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and Vermont Land Trust, along with dedicated community members, raised $500,000 to cover acquisition and project costs associated with helping interested owners of high-priority parcels within the corridor protect their land. 

About the protected properties

News & Updates

The Impact of Trails on Wildlife

On April 19th, Meredith Naughton presented her research on the impact recreational trails have on wildlife...


Shutesville Hill: A Regionally Important Wildlife Corridor

In case you missed it live, we've uploaded a recording of last night's webinar with Conservation Biologist Jens Hilke...


Waterbury: Land Critical to Wildlife Protected Through Partnership

Waterbury, VT—111 acres of forestland were protected last month in the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor, which lies between the Green Mountains and Worcester Range and serves as one of the most important wildlife regions in Vermont


SHWC Partnership receives Conservationist of the Year Award

The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Partnership was presented with Stowe's Conservationist of the Year award.