The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) will work with the National Park Service and the NCTA to get the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) and extensions added to the North Country National Scenic Trail. With the 2019 Congressional approval of the North Country Trail Route Adjustment Act (part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act), the North Country National Scenic Trail will extend approximately 40 additional miles east into Vermont, from its current terminus at Lake Champlain. This will enable trail users to travel from Crown Point, New York to the Long Trail, creating a significant connection between the longest trail in the National Trails System and the best known.
MALT’s purpose is to preserve key open and scenic lands around Middlebury, Vermont. The organization has conserved over 3,500 acres of land, farms, forests, wetlands and recreational areas. It holds 22 easements and owns four properties and one facade easement. It also offers educational and recreational opportunities for all ages through naturalist themed-programs, year-round nature-based youth programs, and supports several school projects from elementary to college level by providing outdoor classrooms on conserved lands.