Resource Guide: Vermont New Farmer Network Member Organization
Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT)
The Connecticut River valley of New Hampshire and Vermont boasts some of the world’s most fertile agricultural soils. Since 1985, the Upper Valley Land Trust has been working with new and longtime farmers to protect this vital resource.
A non-profit land conservancy, UVLT works in 44 communities. UVLT has permanently protected more than 400 parcels of land, encompassing 40,000 acres. These lands range from one to 900 acres, and include working farms, forestlands, wetlands, trails and scenic landscapes.
UVLT uses conservation easements – voluntary, but legally-binding agreements – to permanently restrict development on these key lands. Staff members work with landowners to draft easements and specify land uses appropriate to each property. Conserved land generally remains in private ownership and UVLT’s stewardship obligation ensures that restrictions remain in place forever.
Farmland conservation can offer financial benefits. Conservation restrictions generally reduce the market value of a property, and UVLT seeks to compensate farm owners for this reduction. Diminished land value can allow farmers to purchase agricultural land more affordably, invest equity elsewhere in their farm operation, or reduce debt.
Please contact us for more information:
Upper Valley Land Trust
19 Buck Road, Hanover, NH 03755
Last modified August 12 2010 08:09 PM