Wild Mountain Cooperative is rooted in and sustained by the gifts of the land. In collaboration with Jim and Naomi Nesbitt, members of the late Clark Mountain Sanctuary organization, and Land in Common community land trust, we have protected more than 300 acres of agricultural and wild land — the entire watershed of the 30-acre, undeveloped Berry Pond.
Wild Mountain leases, via a 99-year ground lease, approximately 60 acres of this land, about half of which is open fields. This is the area in which we live and farm, and the area to which all future community infrastructure development has been restricted. The remaining protected land (some owned by Land in Common, some under a conservation agreement and slated to come to Land in Common via bequest) is dedicated wild land: home and sanctuary for myriad nonhuman neighbors.
A map of the currently protected land in the Berry Pond watershed.
Areas in white are owned by Jim Nesbitt and are curently in negotiation for protection.