Help Wildlife on the Move
The Mount Holly Conservation Trust, the Vermont Land Trust, and the State of Vermont are working to protect forever a 346-acre property in Mount Holly that connects the southern part of the Green Mountain National Forest with Okemo State Forest. This will guarantee that animals, increasingly on the move due to climate change, will have the uninterrupted habitat they need—a safe corridor—for traveling to find food, mates, and new territory.
You Will Protect
- A critical link in a 100-mile wildlife corridor that connects the southern Green Mountain National Forest, Okemo State Forest, Coolidge State Forest, and the northern Green Mountain National Forest.
- Pristine land that is the source of the West River, Branch Brook, and Mill River.
- Healthy high-elevation forest, streams, and wetlands that support an abundance of wildlife.
- Land the public can enjoy for dispersed recreation; existing VAST snowmobile and Catamount ski trails will remain.
“The Okemo Wildlife Corridor Project is one of two remaining parcels needed to complete a more than 30 year effort with many, many partners to conserve a strategic, state significant, wildlife corridor connecting the southern and northern blocks of the Green Mountain National Forest. Through the efforts of many organizations, we have collectively conserved upwards of 30,000 acres for use both by wildlife and people. The Okemo Wildlife Corridor Project is a keystone in this effort, connecting Okemo State Forest with the Green Mountain National Forest across route 155. It is a testament to what Vermonters can do for conservation when they work together!”Louis Porter, Commissioner, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
In May 2019, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) used a bridge loan to buy the property from Ian and Kathryn McLean, who generously sold it at a deep discount.
After VLT assumed ownership of the property the Mount Holly Conservation Trust led the effort to clean up and remove a dilapidated squatter’s camp and junkyard that threatened the headwaters of the West River.
A fundraising effort is now underway to cover the $813,000 cost of buying and permanently conserving this land.
Once fundraising is complete, the land will be given to the State of Vermont and become part of Okemo State Forest. A conservation easement will ensure the land’s long-term protection.
So far, we have secured:
- $210,000 from Vermont Forests, Parks & Recreation
- $224,000 from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
- Over $300,000 from private donors, including:
- $150,000 from an anonymous donor
- $100,000 from an anonymous donor through the Vermont Community Foundation
- $20,000 from the Lyman Orton Fund
- $5000 from the Epic Promise Foundation
We need your help to reach our goal!
Making an Impact
Our work is already having an impact. Part of our conservation plan was to clean up and remove a dilapidated squatter’s camp and junkyard that was threatening the headwaters of the West River. Watch the videos below to see what effect this has had!
We are grateful for the support of so many members of our community, our Mount Holly Select Board, as well as the following organizations:
We do hope you will join us!
Please donate today
Visit vlt.org/donate and select ‘Okemo Wildlife Corridor’ from the drop-down menu.
Donate by mail
Send check, made payable to the Vermont Land Trust with “Okemo Wildlife Corridor” in the memo line, to:
Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Avenue Montpelier, VT 05602