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.