Vermont Land Trust

There’s big news from the Bolton Backcountry!

The Vermont Land Trust has just launched a campaign to conserve 1,161 acres that is home to Bolton Valley’s much-loved Nordic and Backcountry trail system. If successful, the campaign will permanently protect this spectacular terrain and ensure that it will remain open to skiers, hikers and nature lovers in perpetuity.  For Bolton Valley free heeling enthusiasts, this means regaining some of the terrain that was off limits this season and will return the area’s Nordic and backcountry trail offering back to its original 100 km of terrain.

In February of 2011, the public learned that the majority of the resort’s Nordic and Backcountry land was potentially going to be sold in a private sale, and that public access to the land would be lost. In less than two months, a group of community members formed the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry (FOBVNB) to protect this invaluable resource in our backyard. The group reached out to the Vermont Land Trust, and in February 2012 VLT signed a contract with Bolton Valley officials to purchase the land. Over the next 14 months, VLT will work with the community on a fundraising campaign to raise $1,050,000 in order to complete the purchase, with the ultimate goal of transferring the land to the state as an addition to the Mt. Mansfield State Forest. VLT will also approach the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board for a public grant contribution.

In order to make this project a reality, VLT is going to need the support of everyone who loves this land – skiers, snowshoers, hikers, hunters, and those who love the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Right now, VLT is seeking “Gardiner Lane Leadership Circle” gifts of $5,000 or more in order to demonstrate a broad base of public support for the project. If you’d like to help with this phase of the campaign, either by making a leadership gift yourself or by helping with fundraising efforts, please email VLT at milena@vlt.org.

To learn more about this fantastic project, or to sign up to receive regular emailed updates about it, please visit the VLT website at www.vlt.org/bolton. And stay tuned for more information!