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The Community Forest Report from the Community Forest Collaborative is based on findings from research on the potential role of community ownership and management of forestland that included GIS analysis, interviews, surveys, input from two workshops, and five case studies of Community Forests in northern New England.

The Connecticut River Watershed: Conserving the Heart of New England, presents an overview of the environmental,economic, cultural, recreational, and historic value ofthe Connecticut River Watershed's land, as well as a look at the risks thesenatural assets face from projected housing development.

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The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit conservation organization, announced that its Brushwood Community Forest Initiative was ranked the #1 priority project in Vermont under the state's Forest Legacy Program. The state's Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will forward the project to the USDA Forest Service with a $1.5 million funding request in the next federal budget cycle.

Like many conservation projects, this one began when a single community member encountered a "For Sale" sign on a much-loved property. "I saw the sign, and I decided that I'd had it," says Jennifer Molin, a wry, middle-aged woman whom friends and neighbors invariably describe as "a character." They also describe her as determined in the face of obstacles and the driving force behind an effort that eventually protected 12 percent of her town as a working community forest.

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Today, Montpelier residents celebrated the opening of the city's newest pocket park at an event attended by Governor Jim Douglas and other state and local officials. Located at the corner of Court and Elm Streets, the 1,700-square foot park is owned by the Trust for Public Land. TPL's Vermont office is located in the 18th Century Judge Keith House, and the new park sits in front of the house at street level.

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The Blueberry Lake Advisory Committee, the Trust for Public Land, and the Vermont Land Trust have announced a fundraising campaign to restore and permanently protect the entire shoreline of Blueberry Lake by removing an existing farmhouse located on the North side of the lake.

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Groundbreaking at new park

In July 2003, construction began on Montpelier?s newest public park, a 1,700-square foot ?pocket park? at the corner of Court and Elm Streets. Located approximately two blocks from the Vermont State House, the future park is owned by the Trust for Public Land. TPL?s Vermont office is located at 3 Shipman Place in the 18th Century Judge Keith House, and the new park will sit in front of the house at street level.

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TPL is launching a campaign to raise $230,000 in private funds by May 2003 to help protect 2,700 acres of forestland known as the White's Hill property. The land provides recreation and critical habitat land for black bear and includes waterfalls and beaver ponds in addition to the 2,700' White's Hill.

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This is an important milestone in the 15-year effort to conserve an area linking two units of the Green Mountain National Forest used by black bear and other wide ranging wildlife species. The property is adjacent to both the Okemo State Forest and Tiny Pond Wildlife Management Area. The Conservation Fund and TPL helped to acquire the land for management by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

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TPL and the Mad River Watershed Conservation Partnership are looking for a local group to acquire and relocate the more-than-century-old farmhouse, which now sits on eight acres near Blueberry Lake in Warren. TPL is working to transfer the land to Green Mountain National Forest in the fall and hopes that the home could be used for affordable housing elsewhere in the Mad River Valley.