Moretown Gap Forest is a versatile property with potential for: 1) home development made easy by the land's long road frontage, level terrain, and nearby town village, 2) sugarbush conversion with the high concentrations of maple stands, and 3) conservation, given the land's unique size and location within the landscape. The property is in a rural setting one mile from Moretown village and a short drive to job centers, skiing and shopping. The adjacent towns to the north and south, Waterbury and Waitsfield (each 10 miles from the property), offer diverse job markets, a variety of retail stores and specialty restaurants. Multiple skiing venues are also nearby, including Mad River Glen, just 11 miles from the land. The regional high school is 3.5 miles to the west. Burlington, Vermont's largest city, and the Stowe Mountain Ski Resort are both a 45-minute drive to the west and north, respectively. Boston is about a 3-hour drive to the southeast.
The property has two primary points of access. Moretown Mountain Road is graveled and town-maintained, creating 6,260' of frontage along the land's northern boundary. Electric power and telephone service run along this road and terrain is variable, allowing for various potential new curb-cuts. There are three established driveway cuts: one located at the western end, one in the middle, and one at the height of land. An internal road leading from the middle driveway cut extends into the land for 950', ending at a large clearing.
The property's entire northern section, near the Moretown Mountain Road frontage, offers many ideal locations to develop home sites. With tree clearing, this area provides attractive local views of nearby forestland with an occasional distant home. The view also includes a panoramic view of the Green Mountain Range that extends from Mt. Abraham at Sugarbush Ski Resort to Camels Hump and beyond to the north. The view also covers the southern end of the Worcester Range with Mt. Hunger in sight, and Mt. Mansfield to the northwest.
The timber resource has been carefully managed and has a property-wide Capital Timber Value (Ctv) of $907,000 ($1,168/Total acre). The species composition is dominated by hardwoods (79%), with softwoods holding the balance (21%). Species composition for all products combined mirrors that of a managed northern hardwood forest type with the Subject's resource is led by sugar maple (40%) and yellow birch (11%).
The property offers a sugarbush opportunity on an estimated 68% of its acreage.
Total tap count for the entire property is 27,328 (52 taps/acre). Trees 9” and greater were considered. Also, the timber data indicate an additional 4,245 taps may become available in the coming decades from the maple resource within the 8” diameter class.
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