University of Vermont

Vermont Tourism Research Center

VTRC Research and Outreach: recreation & trail use

Vermont Trail Collaborative Landscape and Management Work Group

This group evaluates ways to improve upon the overall existing trail system in the Green Mountains. The objectives of the group are to address landscape scale issues transcending landownership and jurisdictional boundaries which have been identified from local knowledge, previous planning and the collaborative process. The general trail management objectives the group addresses include:

  • Identify high priority statewide or regionally important trails that transition across various land owners. Determine priority trails for management in perpetuity through identifying land interest acquisition and/or management agreement priorities.
  • Identify sources and possible actions to remedy unacceptable ecological impacts and/or social conflicts on the existing trails system.
  • Identify existing trails that may be appropriate for multiple use management by adding additional uses. This process includes identifying and/or developing criteria that determines the sustainability (both social and ecological) of the proposed trail.
  • Identify and address any public health and safety concerns of the existing trail system.
  • Identify existing trails that are not ecologically sustainable and/or that receive very little use for decommissioning.
  • Identify potential new trails in sustainable locations supported by multiple user groups to assist in the long-term operations and maintenance.
  • Establish cost estimates for operating and maintaining the existing and proposed trail system, including any existing backlog of maintenance needs.
  • Identify areas with particular compliance concerns and develop strategies and priorities to address these concerns.

Work Group Products

  • Landscape Management Work Group Recommendations Report (pdf)
  • Public information meetings on the south zone of the Green Mountains to explore trail-related management issues. Participants had the opportunity to interact with trail managers and provide input into future management of these public resources. The main objective for these meetings was to learn about local ideas, opportunities or concerns associated with all types of trail use to help land and trail managers provide a more sustainable trails system, more consistent management across jurisdictions, and a better quality recreation experience for the public.
    • General Meeting Agenda
    • Public Meeting Flyer
    • Agenda and notes
      • Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street, Bennington, VT, Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Agenda Notes
      • Weston, VT, Weston Rod and Gun Club, 982 Route 100, Weston, VT, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Agenda Notes
      • Manchester Town Hall, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT, Monday, November 29, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Agenda Notes
      • Mount Snow Grand Summit Hotel, West Dover, VT, Monday, December 6, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Notes
  • Public information meetings focusing on the north zone of the Green Mountains
    • Amee Farm (in the barn), 4275 Route 100, Pittsfield, VT, Tuesday, March 23 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Agenda Notes
    • Warren Town Hall, 42 Cemetary Road, Warren, VT Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Notes
    • Lilac Inn, 53 Park Street, Brandon, VT Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.Agenda Notes
    • Landscape Management Work Group Northern Zone Information Meetings Summary (pdf)

For further information, please contact John Bennett or Jay Strand.

Other Resources

  • Landscape Management Work Group Notes from October 14, 2009 Meeting (pdf)
  • Landscape Management DRAFT Issues, Objective and Timeline (pdf)
  • Landscape Management Indicators (pdf)
  • Landscape Management Work Group Draft Agenda for February 4, 2010 Meeting (pdf)
  • Landscape Management Work Group Notes from February 4, 2010 Meeting (pdf)
  • DRAFT Recommendations for Action for Sustainable Trail Management in Vermont (pdf)

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