Catamount Community Forest

A group of girls take a spin at Catamount Community ForestPhoto credit: Raj Chawla

Set in the foothills of the Green Mountains and the fast-growing town of Williston, Vermont, the 393-acre Catamount Outdoor Family Center attracts more than 20,000 bikers, skiers, and hikers per year who take advantage of more than twenty miles of trails that meander through a diverse landscape of open meadows and forested ridges. The property also contains eight acres of wetlands and marshes including two ponds that support waterfowl and provide important deer wintering habitat. However, ownership of this much-loved destination is in transition. To protect the property from development, The Trust for Public Land is working with the current owners and the Town of Williston to secure the property once and for all by creating the new Catamount Community Forest, to be owned by the Town. Creation of this community forest will safeguard the property’s natural resources and protect its function as a recreational hub for generations to come.

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