Stowe Reporter
November 21, 2012

 Stowe Land Trust and Trapp Family Lodge are writing a new chapter in their longstanding relationship.

Heather Furman, the land trust’s executive director, announced the partnership at the group’s 25th annual meeting on Nov. 3.

Trapp will make a $1 donation to the land trust for every nightly room rental, to help ensure that Stowe’s essential beauty is preserved for the future.

Contributions from this partnership will help the land trust conserve Stowe’s farmland, trails, waterfalls and scenic vistas.

“The legacy created by this partnership is a natural extension of the von Trapp family’s commitment to conservation and protection of the working landscape,” Furman said.

Three generations of von Trapps have owned and managed Trapp Family Lodge, all continuing the tradition of active farming and forestry, and providing unparalleled opportunities for visitors to enjoy the mountains and valleys.

Johannes von Trapp helped establish Stowe Land Trust 25 years ago, and the family has permanently conserved more than 1,500 acres.

New board members

Three new board members were elected by land trust members at the annual meeting event — Chess Brownell, Biddle Duke and Walter Frame.

They join 18 other volunteer board members responsible for governing the conservation organization. New members are recruited on the basis of what the organization needs.

The new board members “have valuable knowledge and skills that will strengthen Stowe Land Trust’s position as a community asset,” Furman said.

Brownell has been involved in a variety of local nonprofit organizations. She works in freelance marketing and writing, and owns a letterpress printing business. Her daughter Josie is a freshman at Colorado College. Brownell enjoys running, hiking, biking and skiing the trails of Stowe. She has assisted with land conservation campaigns in the past, and the land trust expects to benefit from her marketing knowledge and creativity.

As a young man, Duke wanted a life in public service, went into journalism, and never left. In 1998, he took over the Stowe Reporter. The company now also operates five regional websites, Stowe Guide and Magazine, the weekly Waterbury Record, and other, smaller publications. He and his wife, artist Idoline (Scheerer) Duke, have traveled and worked in North and South America. Daughter Ellie was born in 1993 in Santa Fe, N.M., and their son Angie was born in 1995 in Buenos Aires. The land trust believes Duke will help strengthen communication with the community, partner organizations, and owners of conserved land.

Walter Frame is executive vice president of Trapp Family Lodge and Resort, working with the von Trapps to coordinate all business activities for the resort and the 2,500-acre estate. Frame is married to Kristina von Trapp and they live in Stowe with their two daughters, Annie and Stella. Frame spearheaded formation of the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, a nonprofit performing arts center, and is now its president. Frame will bring leadership and financial experience to the board.

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