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
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
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.
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