The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust and the Stowe Land Trust, has received a $42,000 grant to help protect and promote the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor.

The corridor connects the Green Mountains and Worcester Mountains, crossing Route 100 on the Stowe/Waterbury town line, and is a crucial link in an international network of connected forest habitats.

The grant is earmarked for engaging landowners and residents to support protection of the wildlife corridor.

The money comes from the High Meadows Fund, in collaboration with the Vermont Community Foundation. In all, High Meadows awarded $218,000 for nine statewide and local efforts to improve forest health and integrity in Vermont.

Among other grants:

• $20,000 to the American Forest Foundation to promote forest management across Vermont and New York in the Upper Hudson and Lake Champlain watershess.

• $35,000 to the Windham Regional Commission.

• $19,500 to Women Owning Woodlands to lay the groundwork for a Vermont program to effectively engage women landowners.

• $39,176 to Audubon VT to expand its Bird Friendly Maple program.

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