The Fisk Quarry Preserve
The Fisk Quarry Preserve

Board of Directors

Linda Fitch
 ILMPT President & Founder/Director

Kathleen Balutansky 
ILMPT Docent Coordinator
Professor Emeritus, English, St. Michaels College

Kevin Behm
Addison County Regional  Planning Commission,
Assistant Director, GIS Manager

Claire Durand,
Chair, ILMPT Cultural Heritage Committee
Professor of Music (ret)

Anthony Fowler
Chair, ILMPT Education Committee
Professor Emeritus, Geology, University of Ottawa, 

Elizabeth Lee
Chair, ILMPT Public Relations and Communications
Lake Champlain Basin Program, Communication
and Publications Associate

Kris Luce
ILMPT Treasurer
All State Insurance Agent
Former member, Isle La Motte School Board

Advisory Board

John Austin
Wildlife Biologist
VT Fish & Wildlife Dept

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 SciencesRutgers 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, 

Megan Epler Wood
Founder & Past President,

International Ecotourism Society

The Isle La Motte Preservation Trust: a Non Profit Organization


Safe Outdoor Recreation at the
Goodsell Ridge Preserve
During the current Pandemic

According to ADDENDUM 13 to Governor Scott’s EXECUTIVE ORDER 01-20, Vermonters may now leave home to “participate in outdoor recreation and outdoor fitness activities that require low or no direct physical contact.” As long as health guidelines require social distancing, the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust recommends extreme caution when venturing outdoors. 

 Our Goodsell Ridge Conservation and Education Barn will remain closed until further notice, but if you choose to walk  the  trails of the preserve, please only walk with members of your immediate family and observe social distancing from other visitors, both in the parking area and on the trails.  Please use common sense to keep yourself, your family, and other members of our community safe.


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 460 million year old Chazy Fossil Reef, a world renowned geological treasure, which underlies and outcrops much of the bedrock of southern Isle La Motte. Two preserves protect the fossil rocks - the Fisk Quarry and the Goodsell Ridge Preserves.  Both 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.  In 2009 these Chazy Fossil Reef sites were awarded the prestigious designation of National Natural Landmark by the US Dept of the Interior.

The "Conservation Barn" on the Goodsell Ridge Preserve is open from June to mid-October and houses fossil exhibits and interpretive displays which tell the story of the ancient fossil reef.  It also serves as a venue for concerts and art exhibits which support our conservation mission.

Our Mission:

to preserve and protect important sites of the 460 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
Coiled Cephalopod, an inhabitant of the ancient Chazy Fossil Reef
Wetland Exploration
Wetland Exploration

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