Easements and Conservation

A landowner's barn whose property is intersected by ski trails.

The Center's 85 kilometer trail system crosses parcels of property belonging to 88 different landowners, whose permission is essential for the longevity of the Center's access to trails. We are making an effort to strengthen our relationships with trail landowners and addressing any concerns they may have. We strive to incorporate landowners' perspectives into our strategy as we move forward, so that the community feels a greater ownership over the trail resources.

We are assisting with the local Hosmer Ponds Watershed Initiative, a group of landowners interested in preserving the ecology of Little and Great Hosmer Ponds, as well as with the Vermont Land Trust's efforts to gain conversation easements on land in the Black River Swamp. Our trail system crosses land that is central to both of these initiatives, and we share the goals of these two groups.

In addition, the Center hosts the Summer Forestry and Conservation Series, which are public and free monthly presentations that seek to build a strong understanding of some of the natural history that makes Craftsbury so unique.