The forest is ideally suited to the development of a private, year-round homestead property with features that include:
· Twelve-minute walk to Barnard Village and Silver Lake;
· Prime potential home sites with views of the village, lake and steepled church;
· Highly aesthetic forest with ±6,250 potential maple taps;
· Forest intensely managed since 1960 by current owner.
The property is located just 12 minutes' walk from the center of Barnard Village, a tiny but culturally diverse community located in central Vermont. At its heart is 84-acre Silver Lake, which hosts seasonal and year-’round shoreline homes, a town beach and a state park at its northern end. Across from the lake is the Barnard General Store, a popular stop featuring local prepared foods. The village is an active and popular, four-season destination for locals and tourists alike, with lodging available at several bed and breakfast establishments.
Woodstock Village is 10 miles to the south and the junctions of I-89 and I-91 is 32 miles to the southeast.
Access is provided by roughly 145’ of frontage along West Road, a graveled town road just off Route 12 with electric and telephone service roadside. A developed driveway runs between two neighboring homes as it leads into the property for ±325’ to a small clearing.
From the clearing, internal trails extend throughout the land, including one that leads to the land’s level ridgetop where prominent views exist to the north and down to the village and lake.
The property’s terrain is mostly gently sloped in northern and eastern sections, covering 60% of the terrain. In this area, many potential private home sites are possible, offering attractive views of Barnard Village, its steepled church and Silver Lake. Views to the north (with tree clearing) are long, extending well into Bethel and beyond. Elevation ranges from 1,200’ along the road frontage to 1,780’ at the height of land to the southwest. Aspects are to the north and northeast. While there are no streams, soils are well drained and perfectly suited to site improvements around home development.
The timber resource can be considered well above average, having been professionally managed by the current ownership since 1960, when the land was acquired by the current owner. During this tenure, the silvicultural objective has been to promote the development of high-quality sawlogs, an accomplished goal based on the standing timber which is now part of the property offered for sale.
The tree species composition is nearly pure sugar maple, with a cohort of hemlock at the northeastern corner and other hardwoods lightly scattered among the maple. This sugar maple resource offers a solid potential sugarbush with ±6,250 taps (76/acre).
The forest was thinned in 2017 using a combination of individual tree selection and very small group cuts. The results are impressive, with nearly all residual stems of high quality, with adequate growing conditions, ensuring robust future growth. Forest aesthetics are ”park-like”, given that many of the suppressed understory stems have been removed, making walking from trail to trail quite easy. Recent timber inventory data indicates a standing timber value of $72,000.