Duxbury Land Trust

The Duxbury Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization based in Duxbury, Vermont.  Our mission is to preserve and protect the natural, historic and scenic resources that contribute to our town’s rural character.  In particular, we are interested in conserving Duxbury’s wetlands and riparian corridors; upland and ridgeline forests, recreational areas and important wildlife habitat.

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Help Green Up Duxbury on Saturday, May 30

Green Up.pngThis year Green Up Day Vermont is turning 50 years old and we need your help greening up our wonderful Duxbury roads!  Green Up Day is still scheduled for Saturday, May 30.  There has been some confusion about Green Up Day’s status, but it is definitely happening – just later than in past years.  Volunteers are needed for all Duxbury town roads (but not Route 100).

This year, especially, volunteers should take extra safety precautions in light of health concerns.  In addition to proper footwear and gloves, please wear a mask, maintain social distancing and protect yourself from ticks.

Before May 30, bags will be available at the following locations:

  • the Town Clerk’s office, in the black mailbox outside
  • in North Duxbury from Audrey Quackenbush – 282 Marshall Road (audreyq@myfairpoint.net)
  • in North Duxbury from Maria Steyaart – 1102 Mountain View Road (mariasteyaart@gmail.com)

Bring filled bags to either of these two drop off sites:

  • the town garage, in the dumpster for Green Up Day
  • the turnoff on River Road in front of the railroad gate (from Camels Hump Rd, go past the road to Bolton dam – the turnoff is on the left).

*Let us know if you would like assistance to transport your bags to the drop sites.*

Green Up Day has been coordinated by the Duxbury Land Trust since 1997.

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Service Day


Duxbury Land Trust members removing a delapidated bridge in the Town Forest on October 26, 2019.

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Discover the Natural Beauty of the Duxbury Town Forest

On Saturday, July 20 from 10 to 11:00 a.m., join Sherry Winnie of the Duxbury Land Trust (DLT) and Rebecca Roy, Forests, Parks, and Recreation Conservation Education Coordinator to discover the natural beauty of the Duxbury Town Forest. Meet at Crossett Brook Middle School, Route 100, at 10:00 a.m.

The event is free and the whole family is invited as well as non-Duxbury residents and visitors.

Dress appropriately and take precautions for walking in wooded and brushy areas. Bring water and a snack, if desired.

The 169-acre Duxbury Town Forest was created in 2017 to provide forestry, natural resource conservation, and non-commercial recreation.  The Duxbury Land Trust holds a conservation easement on the property.

For more information: Audrey Quackenbush, audreyq@myfairpoint.net or 244-7512.

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Volunteers Needed to Rescue Migrating Amphibians Crossing River Road in April

The Duxbury Land Trust is collaborating with the North Branch Nature Center to rescue amphibians this month. Salamanders and frogs migrate by the thousands in spring, often crossing roads at great peril. Three rescue events will take place in April on the River Road in North Duxbury. Rescues take place in the rain and dark and squashed frogs may be unsettling for some. Exact dates will be determined by weather conditions.

Cara Capparelli, lead Citizen Science Collector, will provide a training session at the site on Saturday, April 6 from 1-2 p.m. The site is the “pond” area at the bend on the left side of River Road, approximately .7 mile from the bottom of the Camel’s Hump Road, going west, toward Richmond. If interested in volunteering, join us on Saturday and park along the road before the site. Dress appropriately for wet and muddy conditions. To prepare for the training, we suggest reviewing the Volunteer Manual and Protocols on https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/ “Citizen Science” and then “Amphibian Conservation”. For more information contact: Rachel Mirus: rachel.marie.sargent@gmail.com.

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Town Forest Walk: 16 March 2019

On Saturday, March 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., the Duxbury Land Trust (DLT) will lead a walk to some properties conserved by the organization. The final destination will be determined that morning and, if conditions permit, the walk will take place on the Duxbury Town Forest, established in 2017. Alternatively, participants will be guided along the River Road to view former State Farm land also conserved by DLT.

Meet at Crossett Brook Middle School at 1:00 p.m. to carpool to the site as parking is limited. Wear appropriate footwear for snowy paths or, possibly, encountering early thawing on the River Road.

For more information: Audrey Quackenbush, audreyq@myfairpoint.net or 244-7512.

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Nature Event at Duxbury Town Forest – August 11

The Duxbury Land Trust is hosting a free nature event on Saturday, August 11 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Duxbury Town Forest. Come explore, get your feet wet and use microscopes and magnifiers to discover the micro-world of cells, algae, and protozoa in the Duxbury Town Forest.

Join Duxbury naturalist, Rachel Sargent, for an introduction to micro-worlds and learn hands-on about a whole new tiny ecosphere of life! You’ll take plant and water samples from the forest and look at collections of life in each sample. All ages welcome.

Bring water, dress appropriately, and wear or bring waterproof boots. Meet at Crossett Brook Middle School at 10 AM to carpool to the site. Rachel has been an educator with the Fairbanks and Montshire Museums and loves exploring Duxbury’s town forest ecology. For more information, email Rachel at rachel.marie.sargent@gmail.com.

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