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Couple ensures 287 acres of Guilford preserved

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GUILFORD, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont couple is helping ensure almost 287 acres of forestland in the town of Guilford will be protected from development.

Joan and George Weir donated the conservation easement for the property to the Vermont Land Trust in order to protect the property in perpetuity.

Joan Weir is Vermont Land Trust's regional director for southeastern Vermont. Still, she tells the Brattleboro Reformer she and her husband "pondered, this, like many landowners do," before making the donation.

The Weirs, who live in Williamsville, say the land is a large working forest, managed for long rotations of hardwood timber."

Vermont Land Trust administrators say forests supports local loggers and mills while also providing wildlife habitat and preserving scenic vistas.

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