July 9, 2011
Shelburne Pond and Williams Woods
This was the first of several trips we plan to Nature Conservancy areas. The main event of the day was a kayak trip around Shelburne Pond. Owned and managed by UVM, this is one of the largest undeveloped lakeshores in Vermont and was acquired with the help of the Nature Conservancy. Our paddle took us past wetlands and rocky limestone outcrops with overhanging cedars. The second Nature Conservancy area we visited was Williams Woods in Charlotte. The mile long trial passes through clay plain forest with 200 tree species including white oak and unusually large red maples. The Nature Conservancy's guidebook "Places to Walk, Paddle and Explore in Vermont" tells of many more ecologically unique areas.