Proposed nature preserve approaches fundraising finish line – Brattleboro Reformer

If all goes as planned, more than 1,000 acres of forestland and West River frontage in Dummerston, Newfane and Brookline will be conserved and open to the public for recreation.

""The Deer Run Nature Preserve is representative of nearly every species of flora and fauna that exists in Vermont," said Mary Ellen Copeland, who, with her husband, Ed Anthes, purchased an old farmhouse on Camp Arden Road in Dummerston from brothers Alex and Chris Wilson, who inherited the property from their parents, Barbara and Conrad Wilson. Copeland said the nature preserve will be a wonderful place for people seeking a glimpse of Vermont's natural diversity as well as an opportunity for some solitude. "It's a good place to be," she said. "There is nobody around." The new nature preserve, under the umbrella of the Green Mountain Conservancy, got its start as the Deer Run Farm, a 300-acre parcel and farmhouse that was purchased by Barbara and Conrad Wilson in 1985. The Wilson brothers sold the homestead and 64 acres to Anthes and Copeland. The Wilson brothers also agreed to sell the remaining acreage to the Green Mountain Conservancy for $223,000, which is about 10 percent less than the appraised value, on the condition that it be preserved. In addition to those 300 acres, the Conservancy is three-quarters of the way to its fundraising goal of $410,000 to purchase 627 acres from the Mercede family. Sam Farwell and his family, who also live on Camp Arden Road, are putting another 95 acres into easement as part of the preserve."

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