A Vermont mountain that was once the targeted site of a large wind farm is now being preserved by conservationists.

The Nature Conservancy recently announced it is purchasing 3,500 acres on Glebe Mountain in Windham and Londonderry, Vermont.

More than a decade ago, a 27-turbine wind farm was proposed on the mountain. Plans for the wind farm touched off an outcry among locals, many of whom organized and advocated against it. The companies involved eventually withdrew their proposal.

Glebe Mountain is part of a 20,000-acre block of undeveloped land that is considered part of the Green Mountain complex, part of the Connecticut River watershed, and provides important bear corridors, moose forage and headwaters for the Cobb Brook.  It is one of the largest blocks of unfragmented land in southern Vermont.