Town Forests – Unique Community Assets in a Long Vermont Tradition

On Tuesday, April 10, the Duxbury Land Trust will host its 2018 Annual Meeting featuring Phil Huffman, Waitsfield Conservation Commission Chair.  He will speak about the value of town forests from both a local and statewide perspective, and give a snapshot of Waitsfield’s experience with its two town forests – the 750-acre Scrag Mountain Town Forest and 143-acre Wu Ledges Town Forest. The talk is timely given that the Town of Duxbury acquired 169 acres from the State of Vermont in 2017 for use as a town forest.


Stream in Duxbury Town Forest

Phil is Director of Landscape Conservation and Policy for the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and Master’s degrees from Yale University in both Environmental Studies and Public and Private Management. He has served on the Waitsfield Conservation Commission since its start-up in 2003, and has been chair for the past three years.

The event will be held in the Crossett Brook Middle School library April 10, 6:30 p.m. on Route 100 in Duxbury.  It is free and all are welcome.  For more information: or 244-7512.

Photo credit:  Kelley Taft

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