Land Conservation

Stowe Land Trust Partnership Milestone

Honor the Past, Peserve the Future

In 2013, Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe Land Trust aligned to form a partnership focused on informing visitors and the Stowe community of the importance of protecting land for future generations to enjoy.  Through the partnership, Trapp Family Lodge guests donate $1 per occupied room night as a contribution to Stowe Land Trust to assist with land conservation.  To date, this partnership has raised almost $50,000 for Stowe Land Trust.

Four generations of von Trapps have set their roots in Stowe, owning and managing Trapp Family Lodge, continuing the tradition of active farming and forestry, and providing unparalleled opportunities for visitors to get out and enjoy the mountains and valleys.   Continuing the family's true pioneering spirit, Johannes von Trapp helped establish Stowe Land Trust 29 years ago, and through this commitment, the family has permanently conserved over 1,500 acres.  In the years that have passed since Stowe Land Trust's inception, the von Trapp family has continued in their commitment to conservation and stewardship in Stowe.

About Stowe Land Trust

Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community. The work of Stowe Land Trust, in conjunction with the community, partners, and supporters, has been a critical force in shaping the Stowe landscape.

Learn more about the Von Trapp Partnership or Stowe Land Trust.

Stowe's Newest Conservation Project

The Stowe Land Trust has a long and successful history of land conservation and stewardship in the Stowe, VT area. The Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community. 

The lastest project undertaken by the Stowe Land Trust is the preservation of The Kaiser Family Farm as a productive working farm. The Kaiser Family has maintained their farm in the scenic Nebraska Valley for decades. Stowe Land Trust is working with Vermont Land Trust and Christine Kaiser to conserve the 49-acre farm. Stowe Land Trust and Vermont Land Trust have arranged to purchase an easement on the Kaiser Farm, which will forever protect the farm from development and ensure that the farm will remain affordable to future farmers. The farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the town’s agricultural heritage. Through Vermont Land Trust's Farmland Access Program, a local farm family will be able to purchase the farm at an affordable price. 

The total cost of the project is $372,000, which includes the easement purchase, project related costs, and a contribution to Stowe Land Trust's Stewardship Endowment fund.  With the support of additional donors, The Stowe Land Trust has secured more than 85% of the necessary funds.  Now they need our help to raise the remaining funds.

Give today to help protect one of the last working farms in Stowe and support the next generation of Stowe farmers.


Spring Trail Work Day In Stowe

Stowe Mountain Bike Club Is Hosting It's Annual Spring Trail Work Day

The Stowe Mountain Bike Club Spring Trail Work Day is coming on SaturdayClick Here For Larger Image, May 16th beginning at 9:00 am and ending in the afternoon at the Phoenix Bar & Table for a free BBQ for all volunteers. There will also be Live Music by the Mind Spring Band, beverages, raffle prizes and outdoor fun.

We will be cleaning and repairing trails at Cady Hill Forest, Adams Camp and Sterling Forest in preparation for the upcoming mountain biking and hiking season.

The three trail systems include a total of 2,363 acres of conserved lands and 30 miles of ridable trails!

Come join us for a day of community work and the after party at the Phoenix Bar & Table.

Go here to sign up!


In The Meantime...

We need to stay off the trails while the last patches of snow melt and the trails have an ample opportunity to dry out. Nothing is more critical to long term trail sustainablity than staying off wet trails not only in the Spring but all season long.

If you see someone about to head out on wet trail, it is okay to politely let them know that it is not a good time to ride. This is mostly about educating people so spread the word whenever possible.

When the trails are ready this Spring and throughout the season after it rains, you can check the Stowe Mountain Bike Club website for trail conditions and closures.


Tree Planting Volunteers Needed In Stowe

The Stowe Land Trust is sponsoring a riparian tree planting at the Mayo Farm on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is a family-friendly event so kids are welcome and it is a great opportunity to teach kids the value of conservation and community volunteering.

This event is also sponsored by the Intervale Center in Burlington who donated 300 trees for this planting. This is a rain or shine event so dress appropriately, wear boots and bring work glove and a spade.

Go here to sign up!








Town Approves $20,000 for Cady Hill Forest trails Improvement

Cady Hill Forest TrailsThe good citizens of Stowe stepped up once again at town meeting this past March and for the second year in a row approved a capital budget line item of $20,000 for the continued improvement of trails at the recently acquired Cady Hill Forest.

In 2012 Stowe taxpayers approved $288,000 to go toward the purchase and improvement of the Cady Hill Forest. Those monies coupled with grants of $350,000 and $100,000 from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Open Space Institute respectively and an additional $800,000 raised by the Stowe Land trust through private donations allowed for the purchase of the Cady Hill Forest.

The Cady Hill Forest, which consists of 320 acres and 11 miles of trails of town owned land, is located right in the center of town and provides mountain biking, hiking, x-country skiing and snow shoeing opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

This year's budget of $50,000 for new trail construction and trail maintenance consists of $20,000 from the town, $20,000 from a Recreational Trails Grant and $10,000 donated by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club (SMBC).

All new trail construction and maintenance at Cady Hill Forest is the responsibility of SMBC through an agreement with the town. SMBC accomplishes this important work with the help of paid private contractors and volunteers.

Community members and visitors who enjoy using the Cady Hill Forest trails can help by becoming a SMBC member by signing up at a local bike LogoSMBC_web (3)shop or by going online to


Stowe Land Trust Acquires River Corridor Easement

The Stowe Land Trust just completed its second river corridor easement which is located on the Little River just south of Stowe village on 12.5 acres of agricultural fields and river corridor. The  protected property which is owned by Creative Ventures, LLC. is now referred to as the Palmer Property. It is farmed by the Pike family and also includes an important section of the VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) snowmobile trail.

This newest easement protects 750 feet of river frontage and riparian area on both sides of the river. The conservation project was funded by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Ecosystem Restoration Program.  This program, which is administered by the Agency of Natural Resources' River Management Division, is intended to provide funding for the purchase of river channel management rights within the corridors of sensitive and erosive streams. The purpose of the program is to reduce conflict with land uses adjacent to unstable streams and to maximize the public benefits associated with stable streams and floodplains.

This conservation easement represents the second river corridor easement completed by the Stowe Land Trust. The first, completed in 2008, was also the first stand alone river corridor easement to be completed in Vermont. That easement, known as the Little River property and consisting of 10 acres owned by four different landowners, is located just north of this most recent conservation project.