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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.

URGENT: Conserve Riverside Meadow (A Visual Gateway to Mt. Mansfield)

Eastbound travelers on Vermont RT. 15 are routinely greeted with a magnificent view of Mt. Mansfield. Much of this scenic corridor is permanently protected with the conservation of Mills Riverside Park. However, the 11-acre meadow that precedes the park is not conserved. If houses were to be located on this active hayfield, they would intrude on this sweeping view. Houses would remove the rural expanse that we are accustomed to seeing and the agricultural use of these acres would end. Wildlife would also be displaced. Beyond the scenic and agricultural importance of this land, there is a rare and historic reason to keep this property open and undeveloped. According to local historian, Gary Irish, the original cabin built by the Brown family in 1774 is located here. These early settlers of Jericho selected this spot for their farm and continued to stay, even after their first cabin burnt down.

In addition to protecting this meadow, the Jericho Underhill Park District (Mills Riverside Park) will receive an easement which will allow ambulance and maintenance vehicles to access the park via the driveway. As many of you know, the covered bridge, now under reconstruction, has a maximum load limit of only 10,000 pounds. This severely limits important vehicular entry.

The Jericho Underhill Land Trust (JULT) has signed a purchase and sale agreement with the Charron (Balch) family to buy this pastoral land for $200,000. We have until March 31st, 2022 to purchase this property. The opportunity is now to ensure that the Riverside Meadow remains intact and continues to provide a very scenic gateway to Mt. Mansfield.

JULT is offering a Challenge Grant that will match every dollar that we receive up to $25,000. Won’t you help us protect this important landscape for today and tomorrow? Please send a donation to JULT with Riverside Meadow on the check memo line or contribute via Pay Pal on our website at 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.

Upcoming Events

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)

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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!