Vermonters have always had a special relationship with the land. For some, that love begins on a mountain top, from a cold plunge in a pool along a cascading brook, or deep in the forest in the crisp early hours of a November dawn. Access to the natural world–by snowmobile, foot, wheelchair, kayak, or bike–is important to our health and happiness. Outdoor recreation also brings business to rural towns, drawing visitors to regions rich in forests and waters.
VHCB funds help protect public access to lands well-suited to recreation, such as the Green River Reservoir, Bolton Backcountry, Mt. Ascutney, and State Wildlife Management Areas. Recreational land and natural areas conserved with VHCB funding are managed by towns and municipalities, non-profit conservation organizations and state agencies such as the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. To learn about public access points for trails, water access, etc, visit the websites of our partnering organizations and agencies, where directions and trail maps are maintained.