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      Land Conservation and Trusts in VT

      Vermont Land Trust - www.vlt.org/partners.html

      A 2007 UVM study highlighted the need for farmland conservation to protect Lake Champlain water quality. The study found that the conversion of farmland to housing endangers Lake Champlain because acre for acre much more phosphorous runs off streets, parking lots, and suburban lawns than off farmland. Construction of expensive sewage treatment facilities is only part of the solution according to the researchers. The answer is to invest in farmland conservation.

      Conservation is Key to Good Energy Policy
      Vermont’s energy future and economic future are inextricably linked. Many Vermont farmers are at the forefront of devising new methods for creating on-farm energy through methane digesters, wind turbines, and biofuels. By protecting working farms and forests we are creating options for future energy independence and a stronger economy.
      Conservation is Strongly Supported Across Vermont
      Nine out of 10 Vermonters are concerned about increasing pressure to convert open land to residential, commercial or other development, according to a 2008 Council on the Future of Vermont and UVM’s Center for Rural Studies, which polled over 600 Vermonters.
      The survey also showed that over 97 percent of Vermonters place the greatest overall value on the state’s working landscape and heritage.
      Now More Than Ever... Conservation Can’t Wait
      The conservation of more than 600 farms and thousands of acres of forestland have clearly supported our economy. Continued strategic conservation investments will produce the best economic stimulus—for today and for the long-term benefit of our state. No economic development strategy is complete without conservation and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
      When the opportunity to protect land comes along and it is not taken, the chance may never come again.

      Blue Ledge Farm

      Our protected working lands and our natural areas are the foundation of both Vermont’s economy and environment. Right now, more than ever, Vermont cannot afford to let up in protecting our most valuable public assets—our farms and forests.

      Right now, Vermont has the opportunity to protect 40 high quality farms and thousands of acres of forestland. Protecting family farms and forests means producing local food, creating jobs, and adding cash into our economy. Protecting our farms and forests is key to our energy future, water quality, public health, food security and our quality of life. When the opportunity to protect land comes along, the chance may never come again.


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      Organizations partnering in the Conservation Can't Wait campaign:

      American Farmland Trust

      Preservation Trust of Vermont

      The Nature Conservancy of Vermont

      Audubon Vermont

      Vermont League of Conservation Voters

      Trust for Public Land

      Upper Valley Land Trust

      Green Mountain Club

      Vermont Natural Resources Council

      VT Affordable Housing Coalition

      Catamount Trail Association

      Lewis Creek Association

      South Hero Land Trust

      Middlebury Area Land Trust

      Lake Champlain Land Trust

      Greensboro Land Trust

      Stowe Land Trust

      Smart Growth Vermont

      Annette Lorraine, PLC

      Northern Rivers Land Trust




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