Goodsell Ridge, Isle La Motte
Goodsell Ridge and Fisk Quarry on Isle La Motte tell a story of life gone by. Fossil remnants of the oldest biologically diverse reef on earth are now visible at outcrops in an old grazing pasture on Isle La Motte, in the walls of the Fisk Quarry, and in buildings scattered across the island. And though they’re now covered each winter with snow, the creatures memorialized in stone once thrived at the bottom of a tropical sea. The remnants today serve as a reminder of the geologic and evolutionary forces that have shaped life as we know it today. These properties are owned and managed by the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust and protected by a Lake Champlain Land Trust and VHCB easement.