One of our conservation priorities is to maintain and enhance the Green Mountain Wildlife Corridor. Protected habitat that links the Green Mountain National Forest with other state-owned and privately conserved lands. This provides a contiguous range for black bear, moose, and other wildlife. In additional, it assures a working landscape and recreational opportunities for the public in perpetuity. Mount Holly sits prominently in the middle of this corridor.
Okemo Wildlife Corridor
The Mount Holly Conservation Trust, the Vermont Land Trust, and the State of Vermont are working to protect a 346-acre property in Mount Holly that connects 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.
Easements were purchased for the P.K. Brown parcel (400+/- acres), located in Mount Holly on the Ludlow town line at Buttermilk Falls. The Mount Holly Conservation Trust provided financial assistance to clean up and preserve a highly visible property at the head of Buttermilk Falls. Thereby, protecting stream quality in the middle of this wildlife corridor.
Richard Anderson Property
In 2008, the Conservation Fund purchased this 506 acre property with financial support from the Mount Holly Conservation Trust. This spectacular and highly visible parcel of valley and mountainside is located along Branch Brook Road. This location, adjacent to Okemo State Forest, provides important contiguous habitat protection for bear, moose, beaver, and other wildlife.