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The Bacon Forest
Jason and Nina Bacon of New Haven have long been active and engaged members of the local community. They’ve also been connected with Vermont Family Forests since its inception. Their forestland was among the first parcels that VFF certified back in 1998. Part of their forestland—194 ecologically unique acres of deep, rich valleys and shallow, dry ridges—borders the Waterworks Property, a 666-acre community forest in the northwest corner of the town of Bristol. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife (VT F&W) has identified this land as containing important habitat for the endangered Indiana bat.
The Bacons have placed this land under a conservation easement with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and will ultimately turn ownership of the property over to The Watershed Center. VT F&W secured $120,000 toward the purchase of the $160,000 conservation easement. The Watershed Center—with the help of Vermont Family Forests—raised the remaining $40,000. The second phase of the project in now well underway to raise an additional $72,600 to purchase the property. It is anticipated that this will be completed by the Spring of 2012.
The easement will permit dispersed, non-motorized public access to this beautiful piece of land; maple sugaring, timber harvesting, and agricultural uses; and the right to clear trails for non-motorized recreation. The Bacon forest and adjacent Waterworks Property create a combined conserved community forest of 860 acres.