Vermont Land Trustupdated: October 2009

 The mission of the Vermont Land Trust is to conserve land for the future of Vermont.

Founded in 1977, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) is one of the most effective land trusts in the country. Its primary focus is on permanently conserving productive, recreational, and scenic lands vital to Vermont's rural economy and environment. VLT is a private, nonprofit land conservation organization (not a state agency). VLT relies on private donations and membership dues for a third of its operating budget. The balance of our income comes from fees for VLT technical assistance, foundation and state grants, capital gifts, and interest income from our reserves and endowments.

VLT operates offices throughout the state to provide professional conservation expertise at the local level.
VLT provides legal, technical, mapping, stewardship, and financial support to communities, local, and regional land trusts, and state agencies to help them achieve their conservation priorities. VLT generally does not own land -- occasionally VLT will acquire and resell property subject to conservation restrictions. Landowners who sell or donate conservation easements to VLT continue to own and manage their land.

Using a legal document called a conservation easement, VLT helps landowners and groups voluntarily limit development on their land -- while keeping it available for farming, forestry, and recreational enjoyment.

VLT's Conservation Stewardship Program is responsible for the long-term monitoring of conservation easements to ensure that the conservation goals are upheld in perpetuity.

Offices of the Vermont Land Trust

Champlain Valley
P.O. Box 850, Richmond, VT 05477
(802) 434-3079 * FAX (802) 434-2953

Mad River Watershed
P.O. Box 471, Waitsfield, VT 05673
(802) 496-3690 * FAX (802) 496-5420

Southwest Vermont & Mettowee Valley
10 Furnace Grove Road, Bennington, VT  05201
(802) 442-4915 (phone & fax)

Northeast Kingdom
P.O. Box 427, 1129 Main St., 2nd Floor
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6089 * FAX (802) 748-2346

Southeast Vermont & Mountain Valley
54 Linden St., Brattleboro, VT 05301

(802) 251-6008 * FAX (802) 251-6007

The King Farm Office
The King Farm, 3117 Rose Hill
Woodstock, VT 05091
(802) 457-2369


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Contact Vermont Land Trust

Contact Vermont Land Trust

Siobhan Smith
Director of Conservation Projects
8 Bailey Ave
Montpelier, Vermont  05602-2101
Phone: (802) 223-5234
Fax: (802) 223-4223


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Vermont

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Related Success Stories for Vermont Land Trust

Sterling Forest
Headwaters to Sterling Falls Gorge protected by 2,150-acre land purchase by Friends of Sterling Valley and the Sterling Falls Gorge Natural Area Trust.

Vermont Family Forests Community Forests Project
The Vermont Family Forests Partnership has created The Little Hogback Community Forest LLC, made up of 16 area residents who will collectively own and manage a 115-acre, conserved forest in VT.