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2011 Annual Report to the General Assembly - Vermont Housing ...

2011 Annual Report to the General Assembly - Vermont Housing ...

Conservation Awards July

Conservation Awards July 2010– December 2011 Upper Valley Land Trust Allen Farm, Newbury and Ryegate. $15,750 VHCB grant to purchase conservation easement on a 62-acre organic dairy farm. Highly visible and scenic property along I-91 will be sold by retiring dairy farmers Alice and Larry Allen to Walter Morse and Joseph Mahr, organic dairy farmers from Barre. $35,000 federal NRCS funds; $48,250 Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Funds. Total project costs: $99,000 10 Carol Dunsmore Farm, St. Albans The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets conserved 234 acres of farmland with floodplain frontage on Jewett Brook. The farmland is surrounded by conserved farms to the south, east and west; 20 acres of wetlands and the riparian area along Jewett Brook have been fenced off and planted to tree seedlings as part of the landownerís enrollment in the USDA CREP Program. AAFM photo. Town of Bakersfield Bakersfield Town Park. $33,667 VHCB award for acquisition of 4 acres to create a town park in the center of the village. Public trails, including wheelchair accessible segments, will be developed and an 1890s historic barn will be restored and renovated to provide public meeting space and amenities. Total acquisition project costs: $50,500 Town of Wells and Vermont Land Trust Delaney Project, Wells. $91,000 VHCB award to purchase and conserve 192 acres forest and lakeshore land for the Town of Wells. 17-acre lakeshore parcel includes 2,000 feet frontage on Lake St. Catherine; Total project costs: $463,000 Trust for Public Land Barre Town Forest, Barre Town. $308,000 VHCB award towards acquisition and conservation of 343 acres of former quarry lands with extensive trail system. Wildlife habitat protection, potential for timber management, and protection of source water for two municipal water districts. Total project costs: $1,263,500 The Trust for Public Land and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Green River Reservoir Addition, Hyde Park. $358,000 VHCB award for acquisition of 179 acres in two parcels for addition to Green River Reservoir State Park. Includes 110 feet of shoreline on the reservoir. Public access for hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and non-motorized boat access. Total project costs: $517,000 Alschuler Farm, Thetford. $85,000 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement on 60 acres to be sold to Vaughn Farms LLC for addition to their 425 acres of farmland. Local trail network passes through the property. Conservation will provide a buffer for the Conant Swamp, a wetland in the watershed of the Connecticut River. $147,500 in NRCS funding. Total project costs: $235,000 Burgess Farmland, Bradford. $154,000 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 110 acres of agricultural land. $131,500 federal NRCS funding. Total project costs: $285,500 East Hill, South Woodstock. $75,500 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and public trail easement on 71 acres in the village. Farm and forestland conservation, riparian resources. Total project costs: $494,500 Thomas Land (Wright’s Mountain), Bradford. $89,000 VHCB award to purchase, conserve, and transfer to the town 64 acres for addition to adjacent 443 acres town-owned land. Riparian buffers, vernal pools, access for recreation and hunting and a managed timber resource. Total project costs: $134,000 Organizational Development Grant. $26,250 award for organizational development costs. Total organizational budget: $660,139

Conservation Awards July 2010– December 2011 Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Daniel & Eugene Branon Farm, Fairfield. $221,000 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 288 acres agricultural land. $220,000 federal NRCS funds. Total project costs: $441,000 Dunsmore Farm, St Albans. $155,000 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 234 acres agricultural land with frontage on Jewett Brook. $152,500 federal NRCS funds. Total project costs: $320,000 David and Peggy Howrigan Farmland, Fairfield. $57,500 VHCB award to purchase conservation easements on 102 acres agricultural land with frontage on Hungerford Brook. $55,000 federal NRCS funds. Total project costs: $112,500 Thomas & Mary Machia, St. Albans Town. $75,000 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 77 acres agricultural land. Transfer of cropland to dairy farmers; 100% prime and statewide soils. $60,000 NRCS award. Total project costs: $135,000 Act 250 Review. $93,246 award to provide support for staff and legal costs associated with the payment of mitigation funds by developers of agricultural land under Act 250. Organizational Development Grant. $30,000 award for organizational development grant. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Long Range Management Planning $55,000 VHCB award for costs associated with developing management plans for state-owned properties. East Hill, South Woodstock An 11-acre prime farm field and 60 acres of woods and trails linking to a larger trail system, was conserved by the Upper Valley Land Trust and transferred to farmers Tom Debevoise and Laurie Livingston, who own an adjacent conserved farm. Trail easement and riparian buffer along the Kedron Brook. UVLT photo Vermont Land Trust Baldwin Farmland, Hinesburg. $157,500 VHCB award to purchase conservation easements and an Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 73 acres agricultural land including VT Department of Environmental Conservation River Corridor Management Easement. Public access along river shore. $185,000 federal NRCS funds. Total project costs: $406,000 Matthew & Daniel Baldwin, Hinesburg. $82,222 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 97 acres agricultural land, part of a hay operation. River corridor protection on Lewis Creek frontage with public access along river. $222,500 NRCS award. Total project costs: $465,500 Amerigo & Jill Balzano, Wells. $125,500 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and an Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 103 acres agricultural land. Facilitates purchase by young farmers for diversified fruit and vegetable operation. $128,000 NRCS award. Total project costs: $278,500 Barnes Farmland, Bridport. $107,500 VHCB award to purchase conservation easement and an Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value on 154 acres agricultural land. Cropland is leased to neighboring Blue Spruce Farm. Project abuts 11

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