- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Land Trust has acquired - temporarily - the largest tract of agricultural land in the northern Vermont city of Newport, and it wants suggestions from local residents on the property’s future.

The Land Trust is hosting tours of the Bluffside Farm at 1 p.m. on Jan. 9 and 19. Participants should dress for the weather and may want to bring snowshoes.

The 60-acre farm has just under a mile of undeveloped frontage on Lake Memphremagog, including a natural sand beach that is considered a Vermont Nongame and Natural Heritage site.

Land Trust officials say they want community input on preserving the land for purposes such as farming, recreation, and natural resource protection. The Land Trust does not plan to be the long-term owner of the property.

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