Jamie Murdock and Virginia Toner

    For over 25 years Jamie and Virginia have owned two large parcels in North Greensboro, totaling a square mile. The largest parcel (362 acres), running along the Glover town line, borders VNC's Long Pond Natural Area and includes frontage on Mud Pond to the east. It features a large beaver pond along Paine Brook, as well as superior forestland.
    In 2005, with a grant from the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Land Trust purchased this parcel in fee simple. After applying an easement to ensure environmentally sound forest management, it will sell the property to a timber company.
    The separate 278-acre parcel, located west of Long Pond and fronting on Rocking Rock Road, is a mix of woodland, wetland, small hayfields and reverting pasture. Jamie and Virginia built a small cabin on this land and have created an extensive trail network, portions of which form part of the Highland Lodge ski trail system.     Simultaneously with the preceding land purchase, the Freeman Foundation and GLT enabled VLT to purchase a conservation easement on 150 of the 278 acres.
    Each Murdock parcel constitutes a large portion of one or the other of two Keeping Track transects which the Greensboro-Craftsbury KT volunteers monitor each season to assess use by wildlife species. It is the group's belief that these properties are part of a large wildlife corridor through the area.

 
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For further information contact Clive Gray, chair
at 802-533-2609 (Oct.-May) or 802-533-7723 (June-Sept).
Greensboro Land Trust, Box 135, Greensboro, VT 05841

 

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