Green Mountain Conservancy

Preserving Wildlands into the Future

The mission of the Green Mountain Conservancy is to acquire and protect forest lands in southern Vermont.

Our Conserved Lands

Watch a seasonal time-lapse of the wildlife activity on Deer Run Nature Preserve!

Thank you to Bob Etzweiler for filming and compiling this glimpse of our wonderful preserve!


North Trail Opening at Deer Run Nature Preserve

Green Mountain Conservancy has scheduled a day of activities for the opening of our newest trail, the North Trail, The North Trail will join the join three existing trails at Deer Run Nature Preserve. There will be a guided hike to introduce this new route. Where: 940 Camp Arden Road, Dummerston, VTWhen:...

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Mylar Balloons and Lawn Mowing

Notes on protecting nature by Mary Ellen Copeland: Mylar Balloons Mylar balloons are a hazard to wildlife. They get tangled in the string and may even try to eat them, choke on them or strangle on them. Several weeks ago when I was hiking on Deer Run I saw ahead of me on the trail a bright light. It...

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Deer Run Nature Preserve 2023 Earth Day Activities

Join Green Mountain Conservancy at the Deer Run Nature Preserve Trailhead for a day of hikes and invasive species removal!Where: 940 Camp Arden Road, Dummerston, VTWhen: Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 10 am.Choose an activity that best suits your interests and abilities. Bring your lunch, snacks, water and...

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Deer Run Nature Preserve Trail and Bridge Grand Opening Celebration

The Green Mountain Conservancy is inviting everyone to their Bridge and Trail opening celebration Saturday, September 17 at 11 am at the Deer Run Nature Preserve Trailhead, 940 Camp Arden Rd. in Dummerston (The rain date is Saturday, September 24, 2022, 11 am).The brief celebration will be followed by a guided hike...

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We’re Ready to Build a Bridge!

Thanks to the generous support of our GlobalGiving community, along with our local supporters, we have raised the necessary funds to build the bridge. Soon, the expanding trail system of Deer Run Nature Preserve will be more accessible.We have connected with our bridge-building partner, Tahawus Trails, and developed...

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Green Mountain Conservancy Land Conservation Project

As the forest grows older in absence of timber harvest, Deer Run Nature Preserve, and the other wild lands that GMC protects, will contribute more and more to these natural climate solutions at a time when all living beings need them the most. ~Jennifer Ramstetter, GMC Board Member and Botanist GMC has set up a fund...

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Green Mountain Conservancy Guided Earth Day Hike

In commemoration of Earth Day and to celebrate this fantastic planet we live on, the Green Mountain Conservancy is inviting you to a hike on Earth Day, Friday, April 22 at 10 am. Hikers will meet at the Deer Run Nature Preserve trailhead at 940 Camp Arden Road in Dummerston.The hike will be led by:Roger Haydock is a...

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Deer Run Nature Preserve Bridges Project

As you know, in the last two years, GMC has had phenomenal success. We have purchased and conserved the 918 acres of wilderness in Dummerston, Brookline and Newfane, known as the Deer Run Nature Preserve. Not only are these lands sequestering…

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The Shoulder Trail Grand Opening

Green Mountain Conservancy’s new Shoulder Trail at the Deer Run Nature Preserve in Dummerston is complete!
To celebrate, GMC hosted a grand opening event on Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 1pm to 5pm…

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Deer Run Nature Preserve is the first forest in Vermont to be recognized by the Old-Growth Forest Network! While we are not an old-growth forest yet, our conservation efforts will ensure that this forest will become one in the future.

Read more about this organization and our designation here.

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