Chateauguay No Town (CNT) Conservation Project Mission
“Working together for the common goal of voluntary land stewardship and wildlife habitat conservation through education and the coordination of public and private partnerships.”
In 1997, the towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Stockbridge and Killington formed a group of town representatives to work on a conservation plan, in voluntary cooperation with landowners, for the 60,000+ acre Chateauguay No Town (CNT) Area. For those not familiar with this Area, the four participating towns meet in the center of the CNT. The group’s role is to assist landowners in keeping this area the way it is today by emphasizing voluntary landowner participation. The role of TRORC in this project is to facilitate the program’s process and offer administrative and technical assistance to the participating towns.
Goals & Objectives
- Assist landowners in keeping the area the way it is by emphasizing voluntary landowner conservation.
- Conserve as much of this area as possible while keeping the land in private ownership.
- Promote sustainable forestry.
- Keep the CNT area working and environmentally healthy as it has been for many years.
- Ensure recreational opportunities.
- Conserve critical wildlife habitats (such as bear, moose and plant communities).
- Preserve and protect upland watersheds. The Ottauquechee and the White Rivers are important water resources.
CNT Project Area
The CNT project area is located in the four adjoining towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Stockbridge and Killington. The total acreage of the CNT is more than 60,000 acres.
As part of the conservation plan and implementation strategy for CNT Project, partners were secured to assist with the maintenance of the project. The following organizations are vital to the continued success of the CNT project:
- Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
- Vermont Land Trust
- Conservation Fund
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Trust for Appalachian Trail Lands
- NE Wilderness Trust
TRORC is responsible for coordination and technical assistance of the Project. The Committee is generally responsible for the overall policy and direction of the Project. The Vermont Land Trust, The Conservation Fund and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Trust for Appalachian Trail Lands are responsible for the overall implementation of the Project.
A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between these organizations is available for download below.
The CNT Project periodically releases newsletters, flyers, project reports, studies, etc. that might be of interest to people outside of the Project.