A Place in Between – Landowner Resource Guide
A Place in Between: Landowner Resource Guide is a collaborative effort instigated by the Staying Connected Initiative to create a local directory of organizations that aid landowners in maintaining a healthy landscape in a specific region between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. Those involved in this collaboration realized that it was difficult for landowners to navigate through the numerous organizations and options when thinking about doing land management, conservation, or learning new information about their land, and this project hoped to ease the challenges faced during this initial process by compiling the options into a single 'who's who' directory. This project hoped to empower landowners to maintain, conserve, learn about, or otherwise care for their land.
Addison, Benson, Brandon, Bridport, Bristol, Castleton, Chittenden, Clarendon, Cornwall, Danby, Fair Haven, Ferrisburg, Goshen, Granville, Hancock, Hubbardton, Ira, Killington, Leicester, Lincoln, Mendon, Middlebury, Middletown Springs, Monkton, Mount Holly, Mount Tabor, New Haven, Orwell, Panton, Pawlet, Pittsfield, Pittsford, Poultney, Proctor, Ripton, Rutland, Rutland City, Salisbury, Shoreham, Shrewsbury, Starksboro, Sudbury, Tinmouth, Vergennes, Wallingford, Waltham, Wells, West Haven, West Rutland, Weybridge, Whiting, Woodbury, Woodstock
Agricultural Land, Forest Land, Land Management, Land Protection, Outreach, partnerships, water, wetland, wildlife
The landowner resource guide is a user-friendly document which provides contact information for various organizations depending on the needs of the landowner. There are a total of five categories under which organizations fall under: those that can help you learn more about your land; those that can provide technical or financial assistance for managing your land, those that can provide assistance for enrollment in a Forestry Certification Program, those that can help give options for voluntary land protection, and those that can help you learn what resources are available in your area. The resource guides were later distributed to interested landowners in the Adirondacks-Southern Green Mountains Linkage area, as defined by the Staying Connected Initiative.
American Tree Farm System
Forest Stewardship Council
Natural Resources Conservation Service
New England Forestry Foundation
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
The Nature Conservancy
Trust for Public Land
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
Vermont Natural Resource Conservation Districts
Vermont Woodlands Association
Having a leader (Monica Przyperhart) with staff time with which to write the guide proved essential. This position was through the Staying Connective Initiative.
This project could have benefited from additional funding and resources for the creation of a more professional resource guide, as this version was created with essentially no budget. The Wildlife Conservation Society was eventually granted additional funds to professionally design and print a resource guide based on this effort, but that version targets landowners in the Adirondacks rather than Vermont.
The Staying Connected Initiative