Family Property Conserved in Bennington County
Bennington – October 3, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — More than 15 years ago, Albert and Rachel Shulman began talking to the Vermont Land Trust about conserving their land located at the end of Pleasant Valley Road. After they passed away, their four children decided to conserve a 261-acre portion of the property.
The siblings—Mark Shulman, Justine Robertson, Sally Rosengren, and Amy Shulman Weinberg—worked with the Vermont Land Trust, the Whipstock Hill Preservation Society, and the Mount Anthony Preservation Society to donate a conservation easement on the land, a process that was recently completed.
The newly conserved land is highly visible from Route 9, affording motorists a view of Mount Anthony and its western foothills. The conservation easement will prevent development on the land in perpetuity.
Marc Shulman said his parents purchased the land so that their family would have access to a large, undeveloped property with fields, woods, hills, streams and wildlife. “A conservation easement is the logical continuation,” said Marc of his parents’ attachment to the land.
Amy said of their decision: “I was compelled as much by my desire to honor the connection my parents felt to the land as I was by the attachment I developed over the summers I spent walking the fields and carriage trails, swimming in the pond, listening to the bull frogs and tree frogs, collecting Monarch caterpillars with my kids and feeding them milkweed leaves until they formed a chrysalis—all against a backdrop of spectacular views out over the Equinox valley.”
The conservation of this land protects a rich northern hardwood forest and supports ongoing work to protect the foothills of Mount Anthony and the rural forested and agricultural lands of Bennington’s west end.
“If you go to the top of the Bennington Monument or drive Route 9 west, you can appreciate this scenic stretch of forest and meadow,” said Donald Campbell of the Vermont Land Trust. “The importance of protecting Mt Anthony and its foothills has inspired the Shulmans and many others in our community to work toward this goal.”
Whipstock Hill Preservation Society, Mount Anthony Preservation Society, and the Freeman Foundation all contributed towards the costs of the conservation project.
Since 1982, the Mount Anthony Preservation Society has protected almost 500 acres of Mount Anthony from development and has also played a role in conserving several other critical properties around Bennington. Among these are the former Fairdale Farms, several other farms in Bennington’s west end, Putnam Springs, and MAPS has provided vision for many other conservation projects on and around Mount Anthony.
Whipstock Hill Society was founded in 1995 for the protection of the natural beauty of the agricultural and forestland on Whipstock Hill along the Vermont/New York border and its environs. WHPS has not only protected its namesake, it has also been active in critical land conservation projects in New York and Vermont.