BROOKLINE, VT (March 22, 2018) – With support from the Open Space Institute (OSI), the Putney Mountain Association has conserved two properties along the scenic Windmill Ridge in rural southeastern Vermont for public recreation. The property will be accessible for public recreation and will also provide key habitat for sensitive plants and animals, even as climate patterns continue to change.
Approximately 20 miles north of Brattleboro, VT, the conservation project totals 161 acres and builds on nearby acreage that OSI previously helped conservation partners protect. The newly-conserved lands are steep and entirely forested, and include a vernal pool — an ephemeral springtime pool — that is used by wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and other amphibians to reproduce.
The West Cliff Trail, well-used by hikers, traverses this property and provides access to the entire 38-mile trail system along the Windmill Ridge.