This spring, the Nature Conservancy announced big news for Glebe Mountain, the 2,943-foot high peak of Magic Mountain Ski Area. After a multi-year effort, the organization acquired 3,500 acres of connected forest that spans the mountain in Londonderry and Windham.
The goal is to permanently preserve the land, and put to rest proposals for a 27-turbine wind farm at the site. The Nature Conservancy is asking locals to participate in creating a management plan for the parcel that will dictate what sorts of recreation are allowed there. The ski area sits on private land held by Magic Ski LLC and will not be governed by the new plan, but skier views will be protected for posterity. As of press time, the Nature Conservancy was still fundraising and had secured $1.5 million of the $4 million necessary to seal the deal and preserve the forest.
Featured Photo Caption: The top of Timber Ridge, by David Barnum, courtesy the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.