- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

GUILFORD, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont couple is helping ensure 287 acres of forestland in the town of Guilford will be protected from development by donating the conservation easement for the property to the Vermont Land Trust.

Joan and George Weir donated the conservation easement for the property to the Vermont Land Trust in order to protect the property in perpetuity.

Joan Weir is Vermont Land Trust’s regional director for southeastern Vermont. She and her husband live in Williamsville, but own the land in Guilford.

Still, she tells the Brattleboro Reformer (https://bit.ly/1lVI8Ut ) she and her husband “pondered, this, like many landowners do,” before making the donation.

“I think the both of us were really struck by the location of where this property is,” she said. “It’s really in this little valley that kind of remains secluded and remote. It’s not an area that’s been developed.”

Her husband said: “Some places deserve to remain the same.”

The Weirs still own the land, but the conservation easement means they and any future owners cannot develop the property.

The Weirs describe the land as “a large working forest, managed for long rotations of hardwood timber.”

Vermont Land Trust administrators say forests support local loggers and mills while also providing wildlife habitat and preserving scenic vistas.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/

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