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Welcome to the Jericho Underhill Land Trust (JULT)

Jericho Underhill Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization founded for the purpose of conserving our productive working landscape, scenic vistas and important wildlife habitats. JULT accomplishes that mission by working hand-in-hand with landowners and interested citizens who share a similar goal.

You Are Invited!

Please put these dates on your spring 2022 calendar.  Also check our website, Facebook page, Instagram, and Front Porch Forum for important JULT updates.

Annual Spring Wildflower Walk with Michele Tulis

5/7/22 at 10 a.m., Mills Riverside Park

Join us for a casual walk at Mills Riverside Park as Michele guides us along the trail to identify early, spring wildflowers. Michele has a wealth of knowledge and shares traditional and medicinal uses along with interesting stories about the plants. Not to be missed!

Bird Presentation with Evergreen Erb

5/12/22 at 6 p.m., Deborah Rawson Memorial Library

Join us for a presentation by Evergreen Erb about the birds that we are likely to see during our subsequent bird walk. She has an extraordinary slideshow with the songs and calls that each bird makes.  This program will be in-person and virtual via Zoom so you will have a choice of how you’d like to attend.  Registration is required so please call the Library at 802-899-4962 or go to their website. This program is co-sponsored with the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library. Emails used to register will be shared with JULT

Annual Bird Walk at Mills Riverside Park

5/14/22 at 7 a.m., Mills Riverside Park

Join Evergreen Erb and Sabina Ernst for an early morning stroll at the park. We will be spotting our newly arrived bird species along with our year-round avian residents.  Evergreen has been leading this well-loved walk for over 22 years. Sabina is a JULT board member with a great deal of bird knowledge that she enjoys sharing.  This walk is suitable for all ages.  Come and go as you please.  Bring your binoculars, wear sturdy boots, have a mask and be ready to enjoy an exceptional birding adventure at the park. This walk is co-sponsored with the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library. Registration is required so please call the library at 802-899-4962 or visit their website.  Emails used to register will be shared with JULT.

2021 Annual Meeting Presentation on Vermont Forests

If you missed it, here is the presentation by Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper, our guest speaker (Passcode: m9Cfc@7X)

The Riverside Meadow....We Did It!

We are extremely pleased to report that the Riverside Meadow was purchased by JULT on March 24th, 2022. This acquisition means that the meadow will remain a productive hayfield and that the extraordinary view of Mt. Mansfield, through Mills Riverside Park, will remain intact. The Jericho Underhill Park District also receives an easement that allows maintenance and emergency vehicles access off the driveway. This is critical as the park’s bridge cannot handle larger vehicles. 

We want to thank our community of supporters for your generosity that was displayed as we sought to raise $200,000 in just three months. This was a very tight timeline, and we are thrilled that it was met!  JULT matched $25,000 in donations which helped us meet our goal as well. The extraordinary success of this fundraising effort points to the shared interest that our community has for keeping land productive, scenic vistas intact, and wildlife habitat and corridors open. Thank you for supporting our conservation work which helps protect the lands that we all care about. Current and future generations will continue to benefit from the purchase of the Riverside Meadow, and we THANK YOU!

Let’s Conserve the Davis Farm!

Located on Cilley Hill Rd. in Jericho, the Davis family has farmed this scenic landscape for multiple generations. Since the 1940’s, dairy cows have strolled the open pastures along with other livestock. Chickens have flocked around the barn and provided fresh eggs. Today the Davis Farm continues its dairy tradition and is certified organic. Acres are devoted to growing nutritious hay for the exclusively grass-fed cows, raw milk is for sale along with fresh eggs and carefully crafted compost. Once a dairy farm among many, the Davis Farm is the last one in Jericho.

Right now, the Jericho Underhill Land Trust and the Vermont Land Trust are working with Gary and Tammy Davis to conserve 181-acres of their farm. Their intense love of their land along with the rich history of stewardship over multiple generations provided a strong reason to conserve. Encroaching housing development also offered a motivation to reach out to both land trusts for assistance. A permanent conservation easement involves appraising the value of the development rights and including the additional project costs. This easement will ensure that the farm’s excellent soils will remain in agriculture and be protected….forever! The amount that needs to be raised is $751,000. A Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) grant was awarded for $701,000 towards this goal.

Now, The Jericho Underhill Land Trust needs to raise an additional $50,000 to complete this conservation mission. Please consider helping by donating online or sending a tax-deductible donation to JULT with the Davis Farm listed on the memo line. Our address is JULT P.O. Box 80, Jericho, VT. 05465. Together, we can help conserve the Davis Farm for today and tomorrow.

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Excellent News!

The advisory vote to conserve Mobbs Farm passed overwhelmingly. The vote count was 1033 to 101. Jericho residents sent a clear message to the Selectboard to pursue the permanent protection of this exquisite land. Next steps include an affirmative vote by the Selectboard to proceed. The Mobbs Farm Committee, along with JULT, will be working hard to keep this favorable momentum going. Vermont Land Trust (VLT) will work with the Town on a conservation easement that VLT will “hold”. The cost to conserve Mobbs Farm is $43,000 with $25,000 of that going into a VLT stewardship endowment fund. This ensures that VLT has the resources necessary to monitor Mobbs Farm in perpetuity. Monitoring involves walking the land on an annual basis to check for any conservation easement violations or encroachments and of course, helping with any stewardship questions.

Additional good news includes that the $43,000 necessary has already been raised from a number of funds. JULT is contributing $10,000 and another $13,000 through a very generous donation. VLT is supporting this effort with $10,000 though a Town forest grant and $10, 000 is coming from Jericho’s Conservation Reserve Fund (CRF). This last sum needs to be approved by the selectboard and we expect that it will be. The Jericho Conservation Committee sent the CRF application with a very high recommendation for funding. We are looking forward to including Mobbs Farm in JULT’s list of conserved properties in Jericho and Underhill that provide exceptional recreational opportunities along scenic and diverse landscapes.


Slideshow: Our lands look beautiful in all seasons!

Local farm fresh produce, remote wildlife habitat, extraordinary scenic vistas, trails for year round enjoyment and so much more... the Jericho Underhill Land Trust works diligently to permanently protect the natural areas that make our community so special. If you are not already a member, please consider joining us!

Finding our Trails

Check out our Conserved Properties for trail maps.

Our lands serve many purposes including recreation, wildlife habitat, agriculture and forestry.

JULT Crosses the 2,000 Mark!

JULT has conserved over 2,000 acres so far and counting. JULT owns, manages and pays taxes on nearly 800 acres of land. JULT depends on its membership for financial support, we receive no other funding. Become a member today!