Conservation Almanac

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Vermont

Vermont Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

Vermont

Highlighted State Programs

Vermont

State Policy Framework

Vermont

Disclaimer

To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Data for the Conservation Almanac has not yet been collected for local measures approved by voters in Vermont. Visit LandVote.org for more information.

Highlighted State Programs

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) was established in 1988. Since then, funding for the program has been derived mostly from the real estate transfer tax with some funding from state bonding and general fund appropriations. Each year funds are split between housing projects and conservation projects. VHCBs conservation programs consist of a Farmland Preservation Program and a Natural Areas, Recreation Land, and Historic Properties Program. VHCB makes loans and grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and state agencies for the acquisition of land and for the purchase of conservation easements.

VHCB also has a Local Conservation Grant Program, which provides up to $150,000 for acquisition costs and for associated project costs. In order to ensure local support for the projects, applicants must raise at least 33 percent of the total project costs from other sources and also provide a letter of endorsement from the select board of the town where the project is located.*

YearAcresDollars
2005 4,065.0 $3,273,477
2004 3,872.0 $2,789,892
2003 9,638.0 $5,038,628
2002 9,102.0 $6,506,996
2001 13,214.2 $7,175,761
2000 5,235.5 $3,155,979
1999 8,464.0 $3,949,030
1998 14,439.0 $5,087,780
Total68,029.7 $36,977,543

Vermont Duck Stamp Fund

In 1985 the Vermont Legislature created the Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Program also known as the Vermont Duck Stamp Program. Hunters are required to purchase a special state migratory waterfowl stamp, which establishes the Migratory Waterfowl Fund through receipts of sale. Interest earned from the Waterfowl Fund is dedicated for wetland acquisition and enhancement projects. Monies generated have helped to acquire wetland and adjacent uplands, and important habitat through conservation easements.

*http://www.vhcb.org/conservation.html

YearAcresDollars
2005 14.0 $1,090
2004 16.0 $13,283
2003 127.0 $25,000
2002 146.0 $75,235
2001 52.0 $20,583
2000 35.0 $20,667
1998 425.0 $68,369
Total815.0 $224,228

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.