IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March
28, 2019 Contact:Reuben Allen Vermont
Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation | Agency of Natural Resources (802)
786-3838, email@example.com Enhancements
coming for Lake Shaftsbury State ParkShaftsbury,
Vt. -- Several
operational changes are slated for Lake Shaftsbury State Park for the upcoming
summer season. These changes are in response to increased visitation and a
continuing effort to better serve the demands of park visitors. Changes
include a new playground, a more relaxed pet policy, and an extended operating
season. The playground is expected to be in place and ready for visitors by
mid-June and will include swings, a dome-shaped climbing structure and a large,
classic play structure. For
the first time, pets will be allowed in the park everywhere except the sandy
beach and inside buildings. Access areas for dogs to go for a swim separated
from the beach area have been identified and will be posted with clear signage
before the park opens…
Hi, I was walking in the woods behind my house in Fairfield, Vermont today and I noticed white foam on a number of our trees especially most of the yellow birch and also some hemlock. On some of the trees there was quite a bit of this foam. Is this something that we should be concerned about? I don't remember ever noticing it before. Thank you for your help.
You are very observant, and what you were observing was Chemistry in action! What you saw on the trunks of these trees was the formation of a crude soap. It has been really dry for awhile in Vermont, and when it is dry particles from the air deposit themselves on the surface of tree bark (like dust). This dust includes bits of salts, acids and other particles in the air. When it rains, these particles dissolve into a liquid solution. Soap is essentially a chemical mixture of salts and acids formed into a molecule, and that is w…
Mt. Ascutney is one of Vermont’s oldest state parks and popular hiking destination. The park is expanding its offerings to include five cabins.
The cabins are newly finished in 2019 and are now available. Reservations can be made up to eleven months in advance by either reserving online or by calling the Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm).
The new cabins are located mid-way up the Mt. Ascutney Parkway with 3 of the 5 being universally accessible (click here for a map). Each cabin has one futon, a set of bunk beds, and a table with four chairs. Cabins sleep up to four people although 2 can set up a tent outside or sleep on the floor. There is no electricity in these cabins making it the perfect opportunity to unplug and keep some of the creature comforts of home. You can even bring your pet with you in the Cascadnack cabin! Restrooms with hot water and showers are located a short distance away. The bath house utilizes solar panels as part of its energy generat…