- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BROWNSVILLE, Vt. (AP) - Residents of a Vermont town have approved the purchase of 470 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain ski area to protect the property from development.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/1seM3My) of the $600,000 to buy the resort property, which closed in 2010, $50,000 will come from the town of West Windsor’s conservation fund, and the rest will be raised by the national nonprofit Trust for Public Land. Voters approved the measure Tuesday.

The selectboard said it believes the purchase is an opportunity to transform West Windsor from a ski resort town to one with diverse recreational opportunities, including mountain biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and hiking.

The resort property abuts a 1,340-acre town forest.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com


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