680 Acres Saved Near Greenfield, Brattleboro

In a victory for forest protection, 680 acres near Brattleboro and Greenfield was saved from development. The forestland is in Readsboro, Vermont, about 15 miles from Brattleboro and 20 miles from Greenfield. It was protected on March 26 by the Trust for Public Land www.tpl.org

The land includes 1.4 miles of shoreline along the Deerfield river, which starts in Stratton, Vermont and merges with the Connecticut river in Greenfield. The main part of the Deerfield river is about 70 miles long and is home to wild trout. The river drops about 2,000 feet in elevation. The Deerfield river is one of the least polluted rivers in New England. Many people like to kayak in it.

The land, which is home to bears, moose, and other animals, will be added to the Green Mountain National Forrest, and will connect three parts of the Forrest that had been separate. The public will be allowed to hike and cross-country ski on the land. Money to buy the land came from the federal government. The people at the 2010 Readsboro town meeting voted to save the land.

More information about land use in the Valley – including a map of protected land -- is at:

www.ValleyPost.org/node/137

Comments

Awesome! Its a very

Awesome! It's a very special, mystical area up there. So happy to see it protected forever.

Howard Prussack
Putney, Vermont
www.localharvest.org/high-meadows-farm-and-greenhouses-M15440

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