Scenic backdrop to Burlington, VT
Located just 90 minutes north of Albany, Trembleau Mountain forms a scenic backdrop that is easily identifiable from western Vermont. With its rugged peaks and clear views from the top that stretch for miles in each direction, it is no wonder that this recreational destination in the town of Chesterfield is abundantly popular.
Protecting the Landscape
In May 2017, OSI purchased a 616-acre parcel along Lake Champlain near Trembleau Mountain from the Gellert family, protecting:
- more than 4,000 feet of undeveloped frontage along Lake Champlain.
- regionally rare pitch pine populations.
- habitat for regional wildlife, including nesting bald eagle, goshawks, grouse, turkeys and porcupine.
- a network of forestry roads that thread through the property, providing opportunities for future trails.
- Mount Trembleau’s viewshed.
“The conservation of the Trembleau Mountain-Lake Champlain Shoreline property keeps this beautifully rugged land in the hands of the public. The property offers terrific recreational opportunities while protecting the Lake Champlain watershed,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI.
With regionally rare pitch pine populations, the property also provides habitat for regional wildlife, including nesting bald eagle, goshawks, grouse, turkeys and porcupine.
Visitors to the property enjoy spectacular views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains to the east, and the Adirondack High Peaks to the north and west. Featuring more than a mile of undeveloped, pristine Lake Champlain shoreline, the land was transferred to New York State in 2018 and is being added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve.
Additions to the Adirondacks
In 2018, OSI protected an additional 57-acres connected to the lakefront property, known as the Prescott property, and continues to prioritize land protection in the Adirondacks as a way to expand public recreational access to this beloved landscape.