Donated by Art Rice III and his sisters Carol Bowditch and Emily Douglas, Craftsbury Preserve totals twenty-two acres, making it the second largest donation CFC has received. Craftsbury Preserve is an intriguing property that contains both wetlands and uplands. We have received donated uplands of this size only once before in our history, at Grigsby Prairie. Thus CFC has the opportunity to restore prairie in conjunction with wetlands. This scenario allows for high biodiversity.
The wetlands still contain native plants; buckthorn overruns the uplands, but we will use our award-winning restoration techniques to transform them. Restoration work began in 2015.