by Mickey Smith
HYDE PARK– An event more than four years in the making took place at Zack Woods on Saturday, June 22, as the parties involved gathered in conserving the 393 acre forest and 11 ponds in Hyde Park and Wolcott.
The majority of the land had been owned by Morrisville Water & Light (MWL) since 1950, two smaller parcels included in the sale were owned by Terry and Deanna Judkins and Mary Harris as well. It was sold to the State of Vermont to become a part of the Green River Reservoir State Park. Craig Myotte, manager of MWL, said the water and light department will be netting about $1.168 million from the sale. This money is being used to help finance ongoing upgrades to the town’s hydro plants.
The Trust for Public Land, the Friends of Zack Woods, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Friends of Green River Reservoir gathered near the convergence of Zack Woods Pond and Perch Pond on Saturday afternoon to thank those who helped make the project a reality. Small gifts were given to some of the key players in the project.
After the brief ceremony, small groups gathered to talk about the rare ecosystem in the area, including the nesting loon habitat and the rare natural communities found on the acreage.