Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) has announced that it will conserve more than 2,700 acres of land in the Northeast Kingdom region of the state in order to mitigate the impact of GMP's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.
When the Vermont Public Service Board approved the 21-turbine project in May 2011, it included a condition that GMP obtain easements of ‘adequate size and location’ to address fragmentation of habitat caused by the project. In an order entered on Dec. 23, 2011, the board approved GMP's proposal to conserve 1,662 acres of wildlife habitat on two parcels in Eden, Vt.
‘GMP has protected more than 2,700 acres to mitigate the 159-acre impact of the project,’ says Mary Powell, president and CEO of GMP. ‘The conserved land provides for important habitat to offset the overall project effects and provides connectivity to other conserved lands."
The conserved land, located on either side of East Hill Road, helps maintain the ecological and landscape connectivity that currently exists between the Lowell Mountain Habitat block and Green River Reservoir habitat block. In addition to the two parcels just approved for conservation in Eden, GMP has also conserved approximately 1,070 acres on Lowell Mountain, the company notes.