Protecting Foster Mountain Forever

By Taylor McClure, Special to Brome County News

Those local to the Saint-Étienne-de-Bolton and West-Bolton ­regions may be familiar with the majestic Foster Mountain located ­between the municipalities. It is a place where locals take their morning walks, escape to nature, and take advantage of the beauty the world has to offer. For over a decade however, the fate of the mountain was left up in the air. There were individuals who wanted to develop the mountain, but there was much ­opposition by those who believed that the mountain should be conserved as a green space. When Appalachian Corridor, a non-profit conservation organization that protects the natural areas of the Appalachian region, was made aware of the issue they worked hard to come to an agreement that would allow most of the mountain to be preserved. Now, they are calling on the local communities to help raise the necessary funds to purchase the private land. Gail Watt, a concerned citizen of West-Bolton, wants to reach out to the community to make them aware of the final steps that need to be taken if this mountain is to be enjoyed by all future generations to come.
“I have lived on a flank of Foster Mountain for over 30 years,” Watt said. “I worked with Appalachian Corridor 16 years ago in 2003 and sold them 12 acres of my own land; I kind of said that I have to help them make this work.” See full story in the Nov. 12 edition of the Brome County News.

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