The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) works with the National Park Service and the NCTA to construct and maintain the sections of the North Country National Scenic Trail which co-align with the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) as well as the connection between the TAM and the Green Mountain National Forest. 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 was extended approximately 70 additional miles further east into Vermont, from its former eastern terminus at Crown Point State Historic Site. This extension enables trail users to continue their travels eastward from the shores of Lake Champlain in New York to Vermont’s own Long Trail and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, creating a significant connection to the greater National Trails System.
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.