You might not drive as much as I do in Vermont, but I am betting that each time you pass Exit 4 on Interstate 89 in Randolph you have to slow down and enjoy the incredible view of our mountains and fields. It is a place that shouts “Vermont!”
Last spring, after years of work to avoid development at that spot, we got a chance to buy and protect that land….and therefore the views, the agriculture, and the sense of space and peace. It took the very hard work of several organizations and their volunteers, and a fast-paced million-dollar campaign completed by the Preservation Trust of Vermont. In two months we raised $1 million, and completed the deal with the owners, in partnership with CLF, VNRC, the Castanea Foundation and the local group called Exit Four Open Space. Success! That land is protected from development forever!
You might ask: what does this have to do with the Preservation Trust?
Yes, we are about history and buildings … but more than anything else we are about community, village centers, and downtowns. And we knew that massive development at Exit 4 would do even more damage to the nearby downtown than it would to the view. We know that community needs a downtown, and a sense of community is the real bottom line in making Vermont what we love.
If you take a look at our Map of Where We Worked, you’ll see that Exit 4 was just one project among hundreds undertaken by the Preservation Trust this year. We work collaboratively with local groups to help make community sustainable and vital, whatever it takes. Your community has probably benefited from our help, and will again when you need us.
We are able to do this because you stick with us through thick and thin, and we are enormously grateful. Please give now so we can be right where you need us when the time comes.
Thank you for your partnership and support!