Jim Jeffords State Forest
Less than a mile from the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail sits 1,346 acres of verdant northern hardwoods, meadows, and wetlands--a haven for outdoor recreationists where opportunities to hike, cross-country ski, snowmobile, fish, and hunt are plentiful. The land is also an essential wildlife corridor between Coolidge and Aitken State Forests, offering refuge to animals including black bear, moose, fisher, and bobcat that range along the spine of the Green Mountains. Protecting this land will also create more flood resiliency upstream of Rutland and conserve two miles along the Cold River and other streams providing native brook trout habitat.
The Trust for Public Land is working with the state of Vermont and the community to preserve all 1,346 acres as a new state forest to be named in honor of the late Senator Jim Jeffords, a Shrewsbury resident with a long legacy of environmental stewardship and land conservation. A generous landowner with a love of wildlife and wild places donated a portion of her land for the new forest, but we must close a fundraising gap to save the forest. We need your help. Please contact Betsy McGean for details.