Kristen Underwood is the recipient of the Richard W. Carbin Community Conservation Award. Named after the land trust’s founder, this award recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to conservation in their communities.


Underwood has worked for years to further conservation in the Bristol, Vermont area. She was instrumental in the local fundraising campaign that led to the conservation of 600 acres of farm and forest land in Bristol. She has also been a member of the Bristol Conservation Commission.


A Fellow at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment, Underwood is a highly respected expert on water movement. “She has also devoted her career to improving water quality throughout the state,” said Vermoint Land Trust’s Al Karntaz. She has worked with many agencies and organizations to increase flood resiliency across Vermont.


Geeda Searfoorce