The Hinesburg Land Trust (HLT) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, founded by local
citizens interested in land planning and conservation issues. Now in its 17th year, the HLT
has helped to preserve over 1,300 acres of agricultural, wildlife, and recreational lands in Hinesburg.
All the land conserved by HLT is accessible to the public, and it features many walking and skiing
trails. These beautiful, preserved areas, now owned by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD), are
managed not only for traditional uses of hunting and fishing but have also provided the setting for bird,
wildflower and tree-identification walks hosted by the HLT.
Hinesburg Land Trust
PO Box 137
Hinesburg VT 05461
Ann Brush, Secretary
Carol Jenkins, Treasurer
Read about some of the projects The Hinesburg Land Trust has completed.
The LaPlatte Headwaters Conservation Project on Bissonette Farm
The LaPlatte Headwaters Project on the Bissonette Farm is nearly complete and has resulted in the creation of a
New Town Forest. A committee is currently at work drafting a management plan for this land for both public and
Select Board review. During this process, a new name will be selected. Please contact a Land Trust Board member
or visit the New Town Forest page for more information.
The Lincoln Hill Project
In 2001, the Hinesburg Land Trust acquired 144 acres on Lincoln
Hill adjacent to the stated owned: 1150 acres of the Fred Johnson
Wildlife Management Area (FJWMA.) With the 850 acres of the Hinesburg
Town Forest. Nearby HLT sought to protect the wildlife corridor
between these publicly held parcels and insure that habitat is not
further fragmented by development. A VAST trail on this property
also ensures that this network of snowmobile trails can continue
to function. The parcel has now been turned over to the VTDFW.
The Gillespie and Copp-Welch I and II properties
The Gillespie property is 37 acres of peaceful, wooded land, with
hiking and skiing trails and also a tucked-away pond loaded with
bullfrogs in the summer. Together with the adjoining state-owned
Copp-Welch I and II properties there are over 150 acres, with trails
through mixed hardwood forests, open meadows and spectacular rocky
cliffs. These properties were acquired by the HLT with the assistance
of local residents and partner conservation groups. These trails
and the wonderful walking along Gilman Road, Lewis Creek Road and
Turkey Lane offer recreational opportunities year-round. Click here
for a trail map; you may
also obtain maps from the Recreation office at Town Hall.
The Isham Farm Project
Keeping agriculture as a part of our heritage is crucial, and recent
efforts ensure that farming will continue to be a part of the landscape
and economy of Hinesburg. In 2003, the HLT working with the Vermont
Land Trust, facilitated the preservation of prime agricultural land
in southern Hinesburg that allowed a young farm family to continue
to operate the 100 year-old farm. Mountain's Edge Farm, owned by
Sean and Jennifer Lang, is now run with the help of former farm
owners, Jean and Rod Isham.
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