Shelburne Pond is a surprising find. Located just 10 miles from the metropolis of Burlington, it is an area that has retained its wild and rich character despite the pressures of development. There are over 400 acres of swamps, marshes and rich woods associated with the pond. These habitats support several unusual plants—especially ephemeral spring wildflowers—and birds.
The pond also serves as an important educational resource for the University of Vermont. Now largely owned and maintained by the University of Vermont (UVM), the H. Laurence Achilles Natural Area at Shelburne Pond—named for the Kodak heir and philanthropist who supported the Conservancy's earliest acquisitions there — is a place where conservation, recreation
Over 30 years in the making, the natural area at Shelburne Pond is one of the oldest and longest-running protection projects of the Vermont chapter and
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
What the Conservancy is Doing
Over the last 30 years, the Conservancy has protected 1,046 acres here. Most of the land has been transferred to the University of Vermont. The Conservancy owns a few parcels surrounding the pond that are leased to local farmers. Most recently, the Conservancy and volunteers planted a 50-foot wide shoreline buffer of native shrubs, dogwoods, willows