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This summer we protected a 14.1-acre property at the headwaters of the Lamoille River – a place filled with pillowy mosses, spongy soils, and seeps. It’s home to unique ecological communities and it helps communities by storing rainwater, especially important during droughts and floods.
Previously owned by the Meyer family’s E.B. Hyde timber, which over generations managed logging projects on many large forest blocks across the watershed. Family patriarch Hugo Meyer was fond of this particular property and never logged it, instead allowing the forest to age undisturbed. Today, towering hemlocks shade the river and the steeply sloping land that rises up from its banks. Pillowy mosses, spongy soils, standing snags, and rotting logs brim with life in the cool, moist understory – niche old growth habitat features that took time and the interplay of natural processes to accumulate in this ancient-feeling place.
Recognizing the unique ecological values here, we took things a step further than usual and conducted a full ecological assessment. Standout findings include:
We’re looking forward to stewarding this special place for generations to come – especially caring for the unique ecological communities that make this little corner of the Lamoille headwaters so special.