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Sweet Water Trust Grants (2018-2019)

American Friends of Nature Conservancy of Canada, Quebec - Grant to fund several acquisitions, totaling at least 1000 acres, in Quebec's Northern Green Mountains. With this support, the Nature Conservancy of Canada will permanently protect ecologically significant lands that build on the Green Mountain Nature Reserve, enhancing connectivity of wildlife corridors and ecosystems across the US-Canadian border. This region hosts habitat for wide-ranging mammals, rare amphibians and threatened migratory songbirds, all of which depend on this transborder region. ($250,000 - 2018)*

Forest Society of Maine, ME - A grant to the Alan E. Hutchinson Memorial Foundation to honor the legacy of the Forest Society of Maine's longtime executive director. Sweet Water Trust's gift helps cover upfront costs of potential ecological reserve projects. ($50,000 - 2018)*

The Nature Conservancy, VT - Support for conveyance of a forever wild conservation easement to Northeast Wilderness Trust on the 5,487-acre Burnt Mountain tract in northeastern Vermont. This project upgraded the protection on an ecologically critical portion of the former Atlas timberlands that TNC and the Vermont Land Trust jointly owned since 1997. Along with neighboring conserved lands, Burnt Mountain creates an 11,000-acre complex of protected land in a remote portion of the Green Mountains. This forest block provides exceptional habitat for many species, from brook trout to black bear to endangered Bicknell's Thrush. The property's north-south orientation and diversity in elevation make it a key parcel for connectivity and climate change resilience, allowing plants and wildlife to move freely across the landscape as they adjust to a warming future. ($500,000 - 2019)**

Northeast Wilderness Trust, VT - Grant for stewardship and project costs associated with the Burnt Mountain forever wild conservation easement described above. Northeast Wilderness Trust is the only land trust in the Northeast dedicated exclusively to wildlands protection and is a long-standing Sweet Water Trust partner. ($60,000 - 2019)**

Northeast Wilderness Trust, VT - For purchase of the 2,434-acre Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve in the northeastern Adirondacks. Densely forested, the property encompasses five pristine ponds, eight peaks over 1,000 feet, 155 acres of wetlands, and nearly four miles of brook frontage. The preserve is home to state-endangered Peregrine Falcon, black bear, moose, and wild brook trout populations. The project helps secure a critical wildlife corridor between two blocks of publicly protected land within the Adirondack Park. NWT is developing a carbon project on the property and once that has been completed will donate a forever wild conservation easement to the Adirondack Land Trust. ($500,000 - 2019)**

Northeast Wilderness Trust, VT - Grant for protection, transaction and restoration costs for a 13-acre inholding, known as the Sand Lot, in the Alder Stream Preserve, an historic Sweet Water Trust preservation effort. Permanent conservation of this inholding is important to the ecological integrity of and trail access to the Preserve. ($36,900 - 2019)**

* Note that these grants were made through the Maine Community Foundation from Sweet Water Trust's donor advised fund, established to support forever wild land protection projects in key ecologically significant areas of the Northern Appalachians. This fund has now been closed.

** Note that these grants were made through Vanguard Charitable from Sweet Water Trust's donor advised fund, established to support forever wild land protection projects in key ecologically significant areas of the Northern Appalachians.