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Last Road Forest Parcel

Cabot, Washington County, VT
05647
Price: $256,000
Acres: 133
Type: Multiple Uses
Availability: Available
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Introduction
Location
Access
Site Description
Timber

Introduction

The Batten Family has owned the property since the early 1940s and over this period have been excellent long-term stewards of the land; growing high-quality timber, maintaining the meadows, and recreating on the land regularly.   

Parcel highlights:

· Each parcel benefits from developed access, ready to be used for recreation, camp/home development, forest management, and potential sugarbush;

· Various prime potential building sites have been kept out of the land’s “Current Use” enrollment thus avoiding future development penalty’s if structures are built within these sites;

· Short drive to strong job markets to the east and south;

· Electric power is nearby.

 

Location

The parcel is situated in the southern section of the town of Cabot in the north-eastern part of Vermont. Cabot's population is fairly low, with its landscape dominated by abundant forestland, farms in the valleys, and widely scattered homes along roads. Its town center is 5 miles from the property and hosts Cabot Creamery, one of the region's largest cheese producers.

Danville, the largest nearby town, is 7 miles to the east and hosts an attractive town center with a variety of amenities. Marshfield Village is 5 miles to the southwest and has a fully stocked country store and gas station. The scenic hamlet of Peacham is 6.5 miles to the east. St. Johnsbury is a 30-minute drive and is the largest regional town providing all amenities.

The land is situated within a 3-minute drive to Moly's Falls Pond boat launch. The 411-acre pond and surrounding 653 acres is a state park available for boating, camping, and hiking. The lake offers diverse fisheries of rainbow trout, brook trout, northern pike, pickerel, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch.

Boston is a 2 hour and forty-five-minute drive.

Access

Last Road Parcel is located along Last Road, which is unmaintained by the town but has a fairly good gravel surface. The property boundary begins roughly 1,000’ up Last Road from its junction with Route 2, and much of this initial part of the road (before the land) is fully maintained by the town year-round. The land’s eastern boundary then runs along the road for roughly 2,500’. The southern boundary runs along the paved Route 2 for roughly 1,000,’ and the northern boundary is Molly Road.

Site Description

The land’s lowest elevation (1,457’) is along the Route 2 road frontage and from here terrain gently rises. The slope along Lost Road gently falls into the property. Most of the lower and middle sections of the property offer level to gently sloping land. The upper third of the property has moderately steep terrain.

The best homesites are located along Last Road, where three separate 2-acre sites are not enrolled in the Current Use program. Each site gently slopes into the land and, with tree clearing, offers local views. Soils in these areas appear buildable. The land off Route 2 offers about 7 acres of a semi-open meadow on gently sloping terrain, another option for a future homesite.

The central section of the land (along a small stream), plus an area near the Route 2 road frontage, has soils that are poorly drained.

Timber

The forest management plan delineates two stands on the property. Stand 1 is a +/-18 acre sugar maple stand that appears to have been a former sugarbush 30-40 years ago.  Most of the species is sugar maple, and the stand is quite mature, with many overstory trees being 90 to 110 years old.

Stand 2 has mixed species primarily of red maple, pine, white cedar, and spruce/fir. The land occupies areas that were formally used for agriculture 70-90 years ago. A group selection harvest (small patch cuts to release established regeneration) was conducted in 2016, covering 20% of the area.

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