Brownsville Forest bought

Stowe Land Trust closed on the purchase of Brownsville Forest on July 30.

Stowe Land Trust closed on its partially crowdfunded purchase of about 700 acres in Brownsville Forest July 30, according to the nonprofit.

The forest was listed for sale last year, and Stowe Land Trust needed to raise about $5.75 million to buy it.

It actually raised closer to $6 million. The money donated to the campaign will cover the $5.5 million acquisition cost of the 750-acre forest, plus $250,000 in project costs, and a contribution to the land trust’s stewardship endowment.

The total includes a $175,000 grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and a $5 million anonymous donation through the Vermont Community Foundation. Contributions also included a grant from a group of supporters, coins collected by Stowe Elementary School students and individual donations.

“The level of participation in this fundraising effort far exceeded our expectations,” Stowe Land Trust Executive Director Kristen Sharpless said. “It is a reflection of the high value that all generations of this community place on conservation and a shared accomplishment of which we can be proud.”

Brownsville Forest adjoins the C.C. Putnam state forest, and will be open for public recreation.

Stowe Cider recently raised $1,800 at its Jam for the Land event, a benefit for the land trust. The event featured local food, cider and beer, set to music by two bands — Zack DuPont and Matt Deluca — and DJ Rekkon.

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