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Green Mountain Club e-Blaze Vol. 8 # 9 October, 2012

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e-Blaze Vol. 8 #9
October, 2012

Glen Ellen Restoration

glen ellen crewGlen Ellen, the shelter nestled on the Long Trail between Mount Ellen and General Stark Mountain, was orginally built in 1933 when the Long Trail Patrol lugged each and every beam and board up the mountain side on foot. In need of restoration, the crew took special care this autumn to replace and renovate the structure while preserving the historic nature of one of the Long Trail's oldest structures.


glen ellen airliftThe project began with a complex airlift of materials from Sugarbush's Mount Ellen base to the shelter site with a helicopter.  As a result, Glen Ellen Lodge will see new log courses for sills, a new floor, reinforced bunks, and a new roof.  The renovations have been reviewed and approved by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation.  The shelter is expected to re-open this weekend.


Thundering Falls Rebuild

thundering fallsThe Green Mountain Club worked for years with the Green Mountain National Forest and Appalachian Trail Conservancy to complete the handicap accessible boardwalk for the Appalachian Trail to Thundering Falls in Killington.  Having completed it in 2007, the club thought its work there was done. 

Tropical Storm Irene had other plans. The storm washed the boardwalk right off it's footers. This summer, the club’s Long Trail Patrol has again been hard at work in Killington and has nearly completed the rebuild of the boardwalk. 

Vermont Hunting Seasons

prickles hunter safetyHunters and hikers have coexisted for generations thanks to mutual respect from all enjoying Vermont woods. Hunting is a traditional pedestrian use of public and private lands and is allowed on the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail in Vermont.

Please note that it is currently bear season, and word from the trail is that bear activity has been higher than usual throughout the summer.

Vermont Hunting Season Dates »


Vermont Wind Siting

The Green Mountain Club cowrote a letter to Gov. Shumlin proposing the creation of a commission to review wind energy development siting criteria and policies in the state.  This week the governor established a commission which is charged with reviewing these topics.  The club hopes that the commission can help improve the tenor of the wind debate, propose positive changes to siting policies, and help create siting criteria that protect Vermont’s hiking trails and the hiking experience. The club wrote the letter along with Audubon Vermont; the Nature Conservancy, Vermont Chapter; Vermont Land Trust; Vermont League of Conservation Voters; and Vermont Natural Resources Council.  

Read the letter to Governor Shumlin »


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