Northern Rivers Land Trust (NRLT), representing seven neighboring towns, is dedicated to protecting the natural, scenic, and working landscapes in the headwaters of the Winooski, Lamoille, and Black Rivers.
Land Conservation helps maintain the ecological health and economic vitality of our communities.
The Northern Rivers Land Trust was founded in 2006 by residents of Hardwick and six neighboring towns who were interested in preserving the area’s rural character by protecting farms, forestland and wildlife habitat. NRLT is a private nonprofit 501(c)3 land conservation organization supported by its membership and governed by a volunteer board of trustees. We are not connected with local or state government.
NRLT operates primarily by accepting donated conservation easements. An easement is a tool for a landowner to conserve important resources, open space, wildlife, and recreation opportunities for the benefit of future generations. NRLT takes on the responsibility of monitoring to ensure continued protection of those resources. As we are a small volunteer-based organization, the easements we hold are normally donated. We may also help support easement purchases or “bargain sales” (where the grantor donates a portion of the easement’s appraised value and the land trust pays the remaining value) by a related organization such as the Vermont Land Trust (VLT).
Read about the easements we currently hold [Easements].