Merck Forest

Our story

Over 70 years’ experience of innovative and sustainable forest management

Forest Management

Most of Vermont’s modern forests were open fields a century ago, when agriculture dominated land use.

George Merck began acquiring land parcels in the 1940s to establish a private preserve for his family’s recreation. His interest in arboriculture and professional forest management led him to establish the Vermont Forest and Farmland Foundation in 1952 — one of the first land management experiments in the United States.

Sustainable forest management provides many benefits:

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Filtration

Well managed forests remove impurities from water, recharge aquifers, and store enormous amounts of carbon.

Filtration

Well managed forests remove impurities from water, recharge aquifers, and store enormous amounts of carbon.

Wildlife

Forestry operations  enhance habitat and forage opportunities, improving  biodiversity and the stability of wildlife populations.

Income

The forest directly generates income through the sale of saw timber, cordwood, maple syrup and the leasing of a portion of the sugarbush.

 

Recreation

Take a hike — ride a horse — ski or snowshoe — in the diverse landscapes of the Taconic Hills.  Over 30 miles of well-marked trails are available.

 

Please check in and out at the kiosk located near the Visitor Center.

Remember that cellphone and GPS services are unreliable around the property.

Hunting Season Schedule