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LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest

The acquisition and conservation of the 301 acres of forestland, wetlands, and riparian areas along the LaPlatte River that is Hinesburg’s Town Forest was part of the LaPlatte Headwaters Initiative on the Bissonette Farm led by the Hinesburg Land Trust and Trust for Public Land.

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Photos From The LHTF

The Town now has the opportunity to enjoy this diverse and unique property, as well as the responsibility to manage it into the future. As a first step in the management process, a planning committee was assembled during the spring of 2008 and created a draft management plan for the Forest.

As a part of this process, the committee organized a series of walks to give the public the opportunity to learn about the Forest (see photos to the left).


In July of 2008 the Hinesburg Select Board appointed members from the Hinesburg Planning Commission, Conservation Commission, Trails Committee, and Land Trust to serve on a planning committee with the responsibility of creating the management plan that incorporated public input, including a public forum, and expert advice. Memebers included: Kristen Sharpless, Kate Tarkington, Andrea Morgante, Lisa Godfrey, Jean Isham, Lenore Budd, Stewart Pierson, and Tim Clancy. The management plan was completed and approved in December 2009. The temporary committee was dissolved and the permanent Town Forest Committee was given the charge of implementing the plan.
 
Vision Statement
The following statement is the vision of the residents of Hinesburg for the future of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest (LHTF):
 
Goals
The following are Hinesburg residents’ goals for the management of the LHTF:
 
 
 
 
Committee Meeting Minutes
 
 

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