(19) Help some of the statewide organizations that are working hard to protect the character of Vermont. January 12, 2016 23 Things, Inspiration Visit the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Natural Resources Council for starters. Share This Tweet Share See Also (17) Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation today and you'll be joining a group of dedicated people committed to preserving the places that tell the stories of our history. (22) Think twice about shopping at a “big box” store such as Wal-Mart Check out the Home Town Advantage, a publication by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to show how sprawl presents a tangible threat to historic downtowns all across the country. (3) Have lunch or dinner at a restaurant in an historic building. Pick one where chefs use Vermont-produced food. Check out the Vermont Fresh Network for a great start.