Hartford has approximately 10,000 residents, making it Vermont's 9th largest town population. Hartford is made up of approximately 29,434 acres, 80% of this land remains undeveloped and 92% is privately owned. These forests, agricultural lands, and surface and groundwater resources provide economic resources, wildlife habitats, scenic views, recreational opportunities, and a rural landscape highly valued by residents and visitors. The present abundance and quality of our natural resources reflect the care and stewardship of many past and present Hartford landowners

The HCC appreciates the critical stewardship that private landowners provide both in the past and present. Future stewardship is essential to maintain and enhance Hartford's natural resources as expected economic growth, population gain, and climate change increase the pressures on our natural environment. The HCC is committed to helping private landowners in their conservation and environmental efforts that are essential to maintaining our Town's natural resources. We welcome inquiries.

There are many Vermont and New England-based organizations that can provide conservation and environmental assistance for specific subjects that may interest a private landowner. If you wish to visit these sites, please see the Land Conservation Informational Brochure (PDF).

Grassland Birds

Grassland bird species Bobolink, Savannah Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark can be found in the Upper Valley. Are you a landowner with open fields, pastures, or grasslands? Learn about bird ecology and management practices to support grassland nesting birds. 

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