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Hinesburg acres donated, conserved for study

Carse natural area


Hinesburg acres donated, conserved for study

The late Henry H. Carse spent much of his life in service to Vermonters. For decades, he served in the Vermont legislature, as the town moderator, and the town school director. Now, through his family, his legacy of service will continue in the form of a new 225-acre natural area that was conserved with the Vermont Land Trust and donated to the University of Vermont by way of the UVM Foundation.

Carse purchased the land in the 1970s. It includes the majority of Hinesburg’s largest wetland complex and contains significant natural diversity. The property abuts his family’s farm, on which they raised Scottish Highland beef cattle.

Carse passed away in 2008. In 2012, his family approached UVM, the Vermont Land Trust and the Hinesburg Land Trust to inquire about protecting the land. “Our basic interests were clear: to preserve the natural treasures of the land while providing public access and educational programs,” says his son, Henry Ralph Carse.

The university will use the land for educational and research purposes. “Acquiring the Carse conservation land will allow our students and faculty access to a wonderfully diverse landscape for educational and research pursuits,” says Rick Paradis, director of UVM’s Natural Areas Center. “The area contains natural communities and biodiversity elements not found on other UVM-owned lands.”

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