Ben Campbell has been providing professional forestry services throughout Vermont for almost
28 years. From the beginning, Montgomery has been home to much of his work, as he's
collaborated with landowners on a variety of projects across 1,500 acres, many in the
Hazen’s Notch area.
Growing up in central Iowa, Ben developed a deep appreciation for the natural world at
an early age and took every opportunity to fish, hunt, trap, and wander along the
forests and croplands of the North and Middle Rivers of Warren County. In 1987, he
graduated from Sterling College and later earned his forestry degree in 1995 from the
University of Vermont.
Since founding E. B. Campbell Forest Land Management in 1996, Ben has been
privileged to support over 350 Vermont landowners, state agencies, and non-
governmental organizations with stewardship activities on over 25,000 acres of
“Our society needs to acknowledge and embrace our reliance on forests and all
that they provide in terms of wood products, clean air and water, diverse
habitats and carbon cycling, to name just a few. Possibly the greatest attribute is
the intrinsic connectivity that forests provide for so many of us. It is our
responsibility to conserve, in the purest sense of the term, these invaluable
Forests do not need us, yet we need forests. Well-crafted conservation
easements are an important tool for addressing both needs. I am proud to be a
part of the HNCT as they carry out this mission.”
Ben resides in Starksboro, Vermont with his wife Anne, where they tend their gardens and woods
and pursue every opportunity to spoil their grandson and dog Hazel.
Susan Shea, an experienced land conservationist, is advising the Hazen's Notch Conservation Trust (HNCT). She helped develop our first conservation easement for Burnt Mountain.
Susan was Director of Conservation for the Green Mountain Club for 23 years, helping to lead one of Vermont’s most successful and important land protection programs. She acquired over 90 tracts of land and easements to protect the Long Trail and Green Mountains, including several properties in Montgomery, Westfield, Richford, and Jay such as Big Jay and Black Falls.
Susan grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. She majored in Biology at Williams College, has a Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. Prior to moving to Vermont, she worked as a naturalist at Roaring Brook Nature Center and at Farmington River Watershed Association in Connecticut. Since leaving the Green Mountain Club, in addition to conservation consulting, Susan is a freelance writer of articles on nature and conservation. She lives in Brookfield, Vermont with her husband Ted Vogt.