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Seeking Volunteers for State Park Cleanup Days

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Contact:Brian Crouse Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation | Agency of Natural Resources (802) 622-4023, brian.crouse@vermont.gov Rutland, Vt. – Looking to get outside while doing something good for your community? We could use your help. It’s been a long winter, but Vermont State Parks will be opening soon. We’re seeking volunteers to help with park clean up on several May weekends. Tasks include raking leaves and litter removal. We’ll provide the tools; you’ll just need to wear your work clothes and sturdy shoes and bring some work gloves if you’d like, along with some water and snacks.
Not only will you feel great about your contribution, but for those who are participating in the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge, you’ll earn 10 Bonus Points! The cleanup schedule is as follows:
Saturday, May 4. 10:00 am Button Bay Branbury Half Moon Bomoseen
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am DAR Lake St. Catherine Lake Shaftsbury Woodford
To learn more and to sign up, contact Brian Crouse at brian.crouse…

Natural Connections Program: Bringing New Life to the Groton Nature Center

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Natural Connections Program: Bringing New Life to the Groton Nature Center
Over 75,000 people visit the state parks in Groton State Forest every summer. A restored Nature Center can play a critical role in teaching visitors about the outdoors and inspiring a love of nature in all those visitors.” —Craig Whipple, Director of Vermont State Parks The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has developed conceptual site and building plans for improvements to the Groton Nature Center and would like your input and comments. Through the link below, you can review the plans for the Groton Nature Center and provide comments via email. Public comment will be open from April 18 to May 10, 2019. View the plan. Vermont State Parks is working together with Vermont Parks Forever and ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain to re-design and update the Groton Nature Center that will feature new interactive learning opportunities highlighting Groton’s geology and its natural and cultural histor…

Mud Season is Here: Help Protect Fragile Trail Environments

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CONTACT
Jessica Savage Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation 802-249-1230 Keegan Tierney Green Mountain Club 802-241-8320
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Today the Green Mountain Club (GMC), the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR), and the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) call on Vermonters and recreational tourists to be wary of the return of mud season to the Green Mountains and to respect associated trail closures and advisories.
The wet soils on and around hiking trails are very susceptible to erosion at this critical time of year. To protect fragile soil and surrounding vegetation, some trails may be closed by land managers. We ask everyone toplease respect the signage you see. Hikers walking on saturated soils or on the sides of trails cause damage to surrounding vegetation, widen trails, and inhibit natural drainage of our beloved hiking trails.
“Even though it might feel warm and dry at your house, the trails at higher elevations are still very wet and vulnerable. It can …

Mud Season Hiking 101

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It's time for our yearly PSA: Please, stay off muddy trails during mud season! Conditions are variable this time of year: dry in places, snow and mud in others. Respect trail closure signs, and turn around if you encounter muddy conditions. 

Suggested Hikes:

NW Vermont Burlington Bike PathMissisquoi Valley Rail Trail: 26 miles from St. Albans to Richford, just south of the Candian border. Lots of open land through rural northern VT, and some great views. Mt. Philo Park RoadAlburgh Recreational Trail: 3.5 miles in northern VT, good opportunities for wildlife watching. Mallets Bay Casueway- The Burlington Bike Path and Colchester Causeway take you out over Lake Champlain. Great views in all directions! Trail around Middlebury- 16 miles in several different sections, around the town of Middlebury. 
NE Vermont Cross-Vermont Trail- At the name suggests,  a patchwork of trails traversing the state, from the Connecticut River to Burlington, 90 miles altogether. South Shore Trail, Willoghby St…