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.