800 Acres Conserved in Jamaica, Vermont, including Turkey Mountain

The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce the conservation of eight hundred acres abutting Jamaica State Park, which the Conservancy helped to establish in 1969.

Jamaica, Vermont | January 09, 2018

The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce the conservation of eight hundred acres abutting Jamaica State Park, which the Conservancy helped to establish in 1969. The recent acquisition, together with the existing Hamilton Falls Natural Area, protects over one thousand acres of contiguous forest, an unusual red oak-red spruce natural community, vernal pools, a portion of Turkey Mountain Brook, and the peak of Turkey Mountain.

“The Nature Conservancy has been safeguarding the natural heritage in this region for six decades. When we began it was to help protect the West River, Hamilton Falls, and create Jamaica State Park. Now we’re leveraging this work to stitch together a resilient and connected landscape to respond to a changing climate, and building a future where both nature and people thrive,” said Heather Furman, Vermont state director.

The majority of the property consists of red oak northern hardwood forest which provides habitat for deer, turkey, black bear and bobcat. The wildlife diversity on the parcel is mirrored by the habitat diversity, with wetlands and vernal pools providing food for wildlife in the spring, black cherry, basswood and berries abundant with food in the summer, and oaks and beech offering food in the fall.

“Walking through this forest offers a glimpse into the rich Abenaki history and the wildlife resources that would have brought them to this place along the West River for food and shelter. Today, we can be stewards of this land and ensure that it is here for future generations,” said Jon Binhammer, director of land protection.

Turkey Mountain which is now a part of the Conservancy’s Upper West River Landscape Natural Area is considered by Nature Conservancy scientists to be a “natural stronghold” that is predicted to help plants, wildlife, and people withstand the growing impacts of climate change. Nature’s strongholds represent resilient landscapes that allow species to move as they adapt to changing temperatures. Land protection is a key strategy of the Nature Conservancy’s climate adaptation work.

The Turkey Mountain Project was supported by our members, The Bafflin Foundation, The Holdborn Foundation, and the Open Space Institute’s Resilient Landscapes Initiative, which is made possible with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Resilient Landscapes Initiative seeks to build capacity of land trusts working to respond to climate change. The Nature Conservancy applauds OSI and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for using cutting edge science to protect resilient landscapes.


The Nature Conservancy in Vermont is a leader in safeguarding the natural heritage of the Green Mountain State. We have helped conserve over 300,000 acres of land, 1,200 miles of shoreline, and we manage and maintain 55 natural areas that are open for hiking, fishing, skiing and hunting. The Vermont chapter is proud to be connecting land, water, and wildlife for over 55 years. To learn more and support our important work, please visit: www.nature.org/vermont.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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