Dowsville Headwaters

Dowsville Headwaters, VermontPhoto credit: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

The Trust for Public Land worked with the Mad River Valley community and the State of Vermont to add 2,085 acres to Camel’s Hump State Park, an iconic part of Vermont’s identity, as emblazoned on the State’s quarter, State seal and license plates. This addition to the state park benefits mountain bikers, hikers, backcountry skiers, snowmobilers, hunters, and other lovers of the outdoors while protecting critical habitat for a variety of native species, including Bicknell’s thrush, black bear, bobcat, ruffed grouse, and wild brook trout. The land includes seven miles of trails, is visible from Camel’s Hump, the Long Trail, and the Mad River Scenic Byway, and is within a day’s drive of 70 million people. Protecting this land improves water quality and enhances flood resiliency in the Winooski River Watershed and Lake Champlain Basin.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.