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Mission Statement of the Green Mountain Conservancy

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

  • To insure their natural character and continued biodiversity;
  • To conserve wildlife corridors and watersheds;
  • To promote carbon sequestration;
  • To undertake related initiatives that educate people in the understanding, appreciation and stewardship of these lands;
  • To protect their aesthetic and inspirational values; and
  • To improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to southern Vermont.


The Green Mountain Conservancy was founded in 2008 and reorganized in 2018 under the leadership of Ed Anthes, Sam Farwell, Mary Ellen Copeland, and Michael Pletcher to conserve the highest priority forest block in Dummerston, Brookline and Newfane, called the Deer Run Nature Preserve. To date the achievements of the GMC include:

Board Members

Mary Ellen Copeland, President
Sam Farwell, Vice President
Jenny Ramstetter, Vice President
Ed Anthes, Treasurer
Jenifer Ambler, Secretary
Roger Haydock
Patti Smith
Dan Dubie
Alex Wilson
Hale Morrell

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