5,487-acre property becomes Vermont’s largest privately conserved forever-wild preserve
Big, wild, and connected: that’s our dream for wildlands of the Northeast. The Burnt Mountain forever-wild easement is just the sort of project that helps achieve that lofty vision.
In an exciting new partnership between The Nature Conservancy in Vermont and Northeast Wilderness Trust, Burnt Mountain is now the largest forever-wild landscape to be protected in Vermont since Congress passed the New England Wilderness Act of 2006, designating wilderness areas on the Green Mountain National Forest.
“We’re proud to partner with The Nature Conservancy in Vermont to protect the largest forever-wild preserve in the Green Mountain State,” says Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director of Northeast Wilderness Trust. “Though many consider Vermont to be a rural, wild place, only about 3% of the state is currently protected as wilderness.”
Burnt Mountain marks the second joint project of The Nature Conservancy in Vermont and Northeast Wilderness Trust. In 2017, TNC donated a forever-wild easement on the 1,170-acre West Mountain Inholdings to Northeast Wilderness Trust for permanent safekeeping. The Wilderness Trust has also partnered with The Nature Conservancy of New Hampshire, where we hold the Granite State’s largest forever-wild easement on the Vickie Bunnell Preserve, a 10,330-acre property in the northern White Mountains.
Learn more about this significant conservation milestone by visiting the Burnt Mountain project page.
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