SALISBBURY - For nearly fifty years, Peter and Joanne Langrock have looked after their land on Upper Plains Road. Over the past ten years they have worked with the Vermont Land Trust to permanently protect their property by donating conservation easements on the land.
This month, Peter and Joanne furthered their conservation project by donating their third easement on a 63-acre portion of the property, the Vermont Land Trust announced last week.
The most recently conserved land is primarily managed forest. The property contains a vernal pool-a critical habitat for amphibians-and is located one mile from a known nesting area of the federally endangered Indiana bat. "I'm very satisfied that this land will remain whole for future generations," said Joanne. Altogether, the Langrocks have conserved 193 acres in Salisbury, protecting pasture, woodland, a beaver pond, and thousands of feet of frontage on Hanlon Brook, which is known for its trout.
When the Langrocks donated their conservation easement, they not only expressed their desire to see their land cared for, the donation of a conservation easement to a land trust is treated as a charitable gift. "We're helping a charitable organization rather than stressing it; it's a win-win situation for everyone," said Peter Langrock. "And, best of all, the land is protected. We've owned this land since 1961 and we've managed it for the long haul. Conserving with VLT was a good match for us."
"It was a pleasure to work with Peter and Joanne," said Allen Karnatz, Champlain Valley regional director for the Vermont Land Trust. "When we developed the easement with Peter and Joanne we worked to match their goals with the unique conservation values of the property. They obviously care very deeply about their land."