Thursday, September 4, 2014

How I spent my summer vacation--Land Trust talk

this is part of the property we have in the Land Trust--we've been chipping away at access roads,  and the more I see these, the more excited I get about this. This particular road runs from behind our house for about a half mile back into the property, and ends at an old cellar hole that was, according to the deeds, abandoned around 1856.  Why, we have no idea. There was a fair sized barn and a small house, situated fairly close together, a well, and what might have been a privy.   

We are down now to small changes in the wording,  lawyers being fussy about loopholes, and all...another site visit, and we may have this nailed by winter. 


  1. What are you doing with access roads? opening or closing? I can't follow what the land trust is looking for, but I'd like to.

  2. The Land Trust is an organization that has agreed to take our property and put it in a protected state--meaning, no hunting, fishing, snowmobiles, logging, etc etc. We wanted it to be left as it was, in a kind of evolutionary way, to keep on being the forest it is, without too much tinkering.
    However, we decided that anyone who lives here after us will need access to parts of the land possibly on a regular basis (including a nice hunk of land designated as a woodlot) partly to be able to enjoy it without getting lost (not unheard of up here, trust me), and without having to bushwhack to go for a walk in the woods. And to that end we have put in a road wide enough to accomodate a farm tractor but not a skidder (shudder) or wood harvesting equipment. The rest of the roads on this will be to get from point A to point B, and will be hand cleared, mostly narrow paths.

    The people who hold the Trust also need to be able to access the property three or four times a year to make sure we (and our predecessors) are following our own rules. Human nature being what it is. also, Its a lovely way to get deeper into these woods if they (or we) want to make field trips or find neat stuff like wild flowers or unusual trees...

    Does that help, or does it muddy the waters even more...? And as i said, lawyers get involved with this, since it is a legal transaction, and they want to be sure that no "i" is left uncrossed and no "t" undotted.

  3. This makes it all clear as anything, thank you. Not having the first bit of knowledge about any of this kind of procedure, it was very interesting to study and grasp. And wonderful that you are preserving your bit of the world in perpetuity!

  4. When we first began this procedure threeor four years ago we went to a few talks on land trusts, and I found my eyes glazing over very quickly. But we also knew that it was a new language, a relatively complex subject, and once you understood the words, the music followed right along behind it.
    The cool part is, my husband and I are on the same page at the same time, on this. We have discussed every bit of it, between ourselves and with anyone involved at the other end. In the process Ive begun to see this place through other people's eyes, and to appreciate it in a different way, much more deeply than seeing an ecosystem that's sustaining itself.
    We've been watching the way the land has evolved and healed itself, for forty years, and it gives us hope that in the end, this forest wins. Thats our legacy. <> =)