June 21, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
ADDISON COUNTY — It was in 1988 that the late state Sen. Arthur Gibb, R-Weybridge, became the first Addison County resident to sell the development rights to his property to the Vermont Land Trust (VLT).
Almost 20 years later — and in the 30th year of the VLT’s existence — more than 100 Addison County farmers, orchardists and private property owners have followed suit, conserving a combined total of 51,000 acres in 21 local communities.
“I think there is a strong conservation ethic in Addison County,” said Allen Karnatz, a New Haven resident and co-director of the VLT’s Champlain Valley office.