2010 Annual Report

April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010

Many thanks and much appreciation to our members for supporting DLT’s mission of land conservation during the past year.

Conservation Projects

Vermont State Farm

Alan and Audrey met with Steve Noyes and his engineer Dexter LeFavour in February 2010 to discuss Mr. Noyes’ plans for the property.  Mr. Noyes asked for a commitment from the DLT to purchase the development rights on 23-30 acres of prime agricultural soils adjacent to the middle school.  The commitment would be incorporated in his Act 250 application as part of the master plan.  The Board voted to decline consideration of Mr. Noyes’ proposal until he owns the property and has a firm business plan.  Contacts with agricultural organizations were made to advise vegetable growers of the opportunity to lease the land once it is owned by Mr. Noyes.

Cook Property

We are awaiting the signed Purchase and Sales Agreement from Melissa and Allison Cook.  This 13.25 acre Cook property has 1000+ feet of frontage on the Ridley Brook and adjoins a DLT holding, the former Andy Clapp property.  A VT Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) grant has been submitted requesting $20,000 to partially fund the purchase of the Cook property.  If full funding can be secured, we hope to close the sale within one year.

Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

Approximately 50 people attended DLT’s 15th anniversary on October 24, 2009.  Jon Gailmor, Colin McCaffrey, and Matt Schrag and Brent Weaver provided wonderful entertainment.  A harvest dinner was served with generous donations from Maryanne and Jeff Larkin (Arvad’s Restaurant), Ben and Jerry’s, and Cold Hollow Cider Mill.  Area businesses, including the Hen of the Wood Restaurant and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters donated fabulous prizes.  The Duxie Chicks finished the gala celebration with a delightful performance.

Board Activities

Board Retreat

Mark Baril and Peter Engel facilitated a day-long retreat on November 7, 2009 that reviewed our organization’s strengths and areas for improvement.  Our mission to Preserve and protect the natural, cultural, and aesthetic resources of the Town that contribute to its rural character for the benefit of current and future generations of the citizens of the Town of Duxbury and neighboring communities was affirmed.

Brian Fitzgerald and Brenda Clarkson facilitated a follow-up session that resulted in the formation of four committees:  Land Trust Administration, Projects and Stewardship, Development and Outreach, and Website Development.

DLT Website

A new DLT website was created that features DLT purpose, history, properties, and conservation options.

Land Trust Alliance

After much deliberation, the Board voted to join the Land Trust Alliance and to participate in the proposed Conservation Defense Insurance Program.  This Program would supplement our stewardship funds in the event that the conditions of a conservation easement are not being followed.

Other Activities During the Year included:

  • Publishing the DLT newsletter
  • Monitoring two conservation easements on Crossett Hill
  • Coordinating Green-Up Day in Duxbury for the thirteenth year