The White River Partnership in Vermont is holding a unique event on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

Called a landscape auction, bidders will bid on things like keeping public access to the Pinch Rock part of the White River (minimum bid is $10,000). They can also bid on the cost of keeping cows out of the river, maintaining a rooster for a year, trail maintenance.

Bidders aren’t buying the objects, but they are helping to defray the “invisible” costs that local landowners bear.

There are some other things to bid on – a day monitoring rare plants in the Green Mountain National Forest, things like that.
It’s been tried in Europe with some success. A funeral home bid and is paying for the cost of maintaining an ancient burial mound, for example.

There’s more information at the organization’s website