The Fisk Quarry Preserve
The Fisk Quarry Preserve

Board of Directors
Linda Fitch, President
Betsy Howland, Vice President
Robert McEwen, Treasurer
Charles Shelley, Secretary
Kevin Behm
Anthony Fowler
Claire Durand
Kris Luce
Scott Newman

Advisory Board
John Austin
Wildlife Biologist
VT Fish & Wildlife Dept

Rabbi Michael Cohen
Arava Institute forEnvironmental Studies
Kibbutz Ketura, Israel

Art Cohn
Director (ret)
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

David Griffing
Professor of Geology Hartwick College

Oneanta, New York

J. Donald Hughes
John Evans Professor Emeritus, Environmental History
University of Denver, Denver Coloraldo

George R. McGhee
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, New Jersey

Charlotte Mehrtens
Professor, Dept of  Geology
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Jennifer Morgan 
Author of Universe Trilogy Princeton, NJ

Charles Ratte
Former VT State Geologist, 

Steven Syz
Chair, Vermont River Conservancy

Megan Epler Wood
Founder & Past President,

International Ecotourism Society

The Isle La Motte Preservation is a Non Profit Organization Founded in 1998.


The Isle La Motte Preservation Trust (ILMPT) is a non profit organization founded in 1998, and based on Isle La Motte, Vermont, the northernmost island of Lake Champlain. We support efforts to conserve land, preserve historic island architecture, and support our local farms, working with partners such as the Vermont Preservation Trust, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board,

An important focus of our work has been the conservation of significant sites of the 480 million year old Chazy Fossil Reef, a world renowned geological treasure, which underlies much of the bedrock of southern Isle La Motte. Two preserves protect the fossil outcrops, The Fisk Quarry and the Goodsell Ridge Preserve are research and education sites protected in perpetuity by conservation easements co-held by the Lake Champlain Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.


Our Mission:

to preserve and protect important sites of the 480 million year old Chazy Fossil Reef  located on Isle La Motte, and designated as a National Natural Landmark by the US Department of the Interior;

to promote scientific research and education at all levels with regard to the ancient reef and earth history; 

to support efforts to conserve our local Natural Heritage including wildlife habitat, wetlands, and other natural areas, agricultural land and significant historic sites and structures;

to promote our local Cultural Heritage by sponsoring cultural and other public events;

to foster public awareness and understanding of issues pertaining to the environment and sustainability.

coiled cephalopod
Fossil Gastropod from the Chazy Fossil Reef
Wetland Exploration
Wetland Exploration

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