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Snapshots of The Nature Conservancy's Natural Areas in Vermont

The Equinox Highlands Natural Area, more than 2,000 acres of conserved land in the Manchester-Dorset area, is one of the most biologically diverse and unique mountain ecosystems in Vermont.

Ferns cover the forest floor in the rich northern hardwood forest of the Equinox Highlands Natural Area.

There is much to see and explore on field trips at the Black Mountain Natural Area in southern Vermont.

Waterfall at Black Mountain Natural Area.

We work in partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps who help us build and maintain trails at our natural areas around Vermont.

The Richmond Rivershore Natural Area offers ideal habitat for birds and other creatures like salamanders.

Walk the trail at Williams Woods Natural Area and ponder trees that are more than 200 years old.

Williams Woods in Charlotte has 63 acres of clayplain forest with ancient trees.

Rocks, cattails and wildflowers surround the H. Laurence Achilles Natural Area at Shelburne Pond.

H. Laurence Achilles, the generous donor for whom the natural area at Shelburne Pond is named, noted that the "pond" was more like a lake.

Native Americans once camped along Shelburne Pond. Dugout canoes, 400 years old, and artifacts have been found submerged in the water.

Colorful sugar maples make Shaw Mountain Natural Area in Benson and West Haven a favorite autumn destination.

Rose Paul, the Vermont Chapter's Director of Science and Stewardship, checks on Plymouth Cave.

High Pond Natural Area has been used as an outdoor classroom for years by Middlebury College students.

Moss and ferns make a lush trail at High Pond Natural Area.

The Long Pond Natural Area in Greensboro is surrounded by a northern hardwood forest.

On a summer's day at LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area.

Quiet, remote and peaceful -- Flagg Pond in the Northeast Kingdom.

Maidstone Bends Natural Area is one of three Vermont Conservancy sites for a major elm restoration project.

The Conservancy is working on reducing riverbank erosion and silting at Maidstone Bends.

Even in deep winter, our volunteer stewards are working at places like Little Averill Lake Natural Area in the Northeast Kingdom.

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