University of Vermont

The Green Forestry Education Initiative


The Ethel Pew Research and Demonstration Forest encompasses approximately 200 acres in southwestern Vermont’s town of Manchester. Conveyed to the university in 1983 from Ethel Pew’s estate, this property has an endowment that provides funds for maintenance and tax payments.  The entire property was transferred with detailed guidelines and restrictions about use.  If UVM violates the deed’s conditions, ownership reverts to the Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy serves as the “partner in management planning” for the Pew Forest.

The Pew Forest lies on the eastern slope of Mother Myrick Mountain, at the northern edge of the Taconic Mountain range. Historically, two farms girdled the area that is now the Pew Forest: the Wyman farm on the north end, and the Bovey farm along the south, which includes remnants of a sugar house. Stone walls wind through the forest, testament to previous land use.


From Burlington, take Route 7 South to Manchester.  At first blinking light take a right onto Route 130 and follow this route to Dorset.



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