Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest, Stowe VT
As we look back on the beautiful summer and fall we had in Stowe, we are grateful for all of the outdoor opportunities we have in this community. Being outside and enjoying trails, many of which are on lands that have been conserved by Stowe Land Trust, was just what many were looking for and in need of, during these challenging times. The number of users at Wiessner Woods and Kirchner Woods increased as much as 30% this spring and summer. As a result of increased traffic, improvements and upkeep are sometimes needed. This fall, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) was able to complete trailhead and parking lot improvement projects at some of the most popular recreation locations. Funding for these projects came from the CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill which was passed by the federal government in March 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Thanks to a community of partners committed to enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities in our area, including private land owners; locals and visitors alike can enjoy all the associated mental and physical health benefits that go along with these valuable resources. Investments in recreation and infrastructure help to support one of the most significant economic drivers in Vermont.
For more information on this and other conservation news; and lands with public access for outdoor enjoyment, you can go to The Stowe Land Trust's website.
Source: Stowe Land Trust