Three years ago, Art Burleigh reluctantly
decided that the only option to keep his family farm going was to develop the
forestland on his 200-acre Charlotte
property. But then a neighbor stepped in
with a different idea. Marty Illick is director of the Lewis Creek Association,
and she helped Burleigh get in touch with conservation organizations.
The town of Arlington is finishing a deal to buy 12 acres of land along the
Batten Kill, a portion of which would be used as a fishing access to the world
famous trout stream.
Last year The
Vermont Land Trust reached an agreement to buy the land and a historic barn.
The Land Trust will help the town with the purchase and hold a conservation
easement on the property.