Middlesex Town Forest

     The Middlesex Town Forest is a 403-acre tract of land that ranges from approximately 1,050 to 2,250 feet in elevation. The property is situated on the east side of Notch Road, a Class IV road that abuts the town forest. Because of the property’s proximity to other public and private conserved land parcels, including the State of Vermont’s Middlesex Notch Wildlife Management Area and the Putnam State Forest, the Middlesex Town Forest is of important conservation value. It increases habitat connectivity between the Interstate 89 corridor and Mt. Elmore. The Worcester Range is important forest land for wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation, recreational use, and scenic beauty.
     The property has been privately owned as farm and forest land since Middlesex was settled. The residents of Middlesex and surrounding towns have traditionally used it for winter and summer recreation with permission from previous owners or their agents. The property was offered to Vermont Land Trust for permanent conservation, and with the help of both public and private donations, was acquired and subsequently conveyed to the town in January 2009.
     Thanks to an effort led by the Vermont Land Trust, the town bought the property from Cynthia Steed and Eleanor Ott in January 2009.  The $324,000 purchase was funded by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board ($271,000), the Vermont River Conservancy ($6,000), the Middlesex Conservation Fund ($18,610) and more than 90 private donors ($28,153).

Read the Middlesex Town Forest Management Plan

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  • Town Clerk’s Office Hours & Contact Info.

    OFFICE HOURS: The Middlesex Town Clerk’s Office is open to the public from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays. We no longer require appointments unless you request one due to COVID precautions. Please call 802-223-5915 for assistance.
    Town Clerk: Sarah Merriman
    Assistant Town Clerk: Cheryl Grandfield
    Address: 5 Church Street, Middlesex, VT 05602
    Phone: 802-223-5915
    Fax: 802-223-1298
    Email: clerk@middlesexvermont.org