Stowe Land Trust

Stowe Land Trust Completes Fund Raising Effort

The Kaiser Farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the importance of protecting the special landscape sourrounding us.  Thanks to the Stowe Land Trust, and the generous donations from the organization's supporters, this 49 acre farm will remain part of the working landscape out in scenic Nebraska Valley.  Stowe Land Trust, will purchase a conservation easement, and in turn, sell the property to the new buyers at the agricultural value. 

Christine Kaiser, has farmed there for decades, and was featured in the Ben Hewitt's book, The Town That Food Saved, about the local food movement, in Hardwick.

This collaborative conservation effort, along with the Vermont Land Trust, will ensure this scenic farmland be perserved, provide access to farm fresh and local food in the area, and support the next generation of farmers in our community.  Andrew and Annie Paradee are the young couple who will be buying the farm. 

The completion date of the purchase and ultimate preservation of the property, is projected to take place by the end of April.  For more information about this exciting project, you can visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

  source: StoweLandTrust.org   

 

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    Realtor Grant Helps Build New Mountain Bike Trail In Stowe

    The Lamoille Area Board of REALTORS® was just awarded a grant from the National Association of Realtors, which helped to build a new trail in Cady Hill Forest.  The trail was just completed by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, and is a re-route of an existing trail that will now allow riders to more easily continue from the end of Cady Hill Connector through to the upper tier of the Cady Hill Forest and Schween trail network.  The trail is fun and flowy, up or down, and not as steep a climb as the old alternative.

    Many thanks to the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, for recognizing the importance of recreation and its benefits for our community.  And, also to the Stowe Mountain Bike Club , and Stowe Land Trust, who both continue to enhance this multi-use trail network, and natural resource.  The board of Realtors was also recently instrumental in securing a grant for the new Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.

     

    Winter Outings in Stowe

    The fresh new snow that has fallen over the past few days has everyone invigorated to be outside enjoying it.  In addition to all of the outdoor activities, winter events are already on the schedule.  The following are fun free events you may want to mark on your calendar.  All of these are hosted by the Stowe Land Trust, and begin in January.

    • January 24th - Hikes for Tykes at 10:00 a.m.
      • Explore the winter world along the Mill Trail.  Designed for children up to 5 years old, to connect with new friends on the trails while fostering their love for the world around them. Enjoy a fire and hot cocoa at the Mill Trail Cabin afterwards.
    • February 18, 2017 - Peak-a-View Snowshoe at 9:00 a.m.
      • Strap on your snowshoes for a hike in the Page and Sterling Forests.  Warm beverages served afterwards.   Directions: From Stowe Village, head north on VT-108. In 3 miles, turn right onto Edson Hill Rd, then continue onto Weeks Hill Rd. In 2 miles, turn left onto Wade Pasture Rd; look for the Robinson Springs sign. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Dish Ln. Park at the end of the road. Note that parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.
    • March 4, 2017 - Apple Tree Pruning Workshop from 1:00 - 4:00 at Burnham Farm, 2864 Stowe Hollow Road
      • Come learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and care from Lamoille County Forester, Rick Dyer, at Kelly Murphey & Rachel Fussell's orchard at the SLT-conserved Burnham Farm in Stowe Hollow.  Bring your clippers or a pruning saw and gloves.  Extra equipment will be provided. Hosted by the property owners, Kelly Murphey and Rachel Fussell.

    Source and photograph: Stowelandtrust.org

     

    Fall Hikes in Stowe

    This is the time of year when many take to the trails and the woods to enjoy the changing scenery and experience the wonders that fall brings.  The leaves are turning, and the trails are already getting covered with all the different fall colors.  It's been warm and dry, somewhat unlike fall, but as of Thursday, the temperatures will be cooler, and perhaps more invigorating to get out in to the woods.

    This is my favorite time to go hiking, and the following are some of my favorites:

    1. Taylor Lodge, is a 3+ mile moderately traveled hike, starting from the iconic Trout Club and Lake Mansfield. This trail takes you through some of the most scenic woods in the area.  The drive out to the Trout Club is beautiful as well.  On the way back to town, you can stop at Long Winter Farm for farm fresh veggies, eggs and meats.
    2. Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a favorite among many.  After the hardest part of the climb, about 3/4 of the way up, it levels out, and ultimately ends up on top of open rock formations, with a panoramic view of all of Stowe, looking toward Mt. Mansfield.  Be sure to bring a wind-breaker in case it's breezy on top.
    3. The Mill Trail off of Notchbrook Road in Stowe, is rich in history, as well as scenic.  This is an easy to moderate hike on 31 acres of land conserved by Stowe Land Trust.  You will find a historic cabin there that has recently been restored,  with the  goal of educating the public about this historic area, and to further SLT’s mission of land conservation.

    Cady Hill Forest Update

    As you may know, Cady Hill Forest in Stowe - a recreation destination for all types of users - was devastated by a wind storm last October.  You may have seen photographs of some areas that now lay barren after hundreds, perhaps thousands of trees were blown down and have since been logged out.  Seeing it in person can only show the true reality of what happened there.  The good news is that at least part of Cady Hill Forest will be back online by early to mid-summer. There are still some unknowns, but recovery is within sight.

    The timber harvest and salvage effort on the southern end of Cady Hill Forest (near Charlie’s and Florence Trails) was completed in late January. 

    Local logger Jed Lipsky and his crew are slated to return to the Bear’s Trail and Cady Hill Climb area, this week to complete  timber harvest effort there, before spring. 

    As far as getting the trails back online, the ultimate goal is to clear the lesser affected trails like Snake, the Schween Haus Loops, Cady Hill Connector, Upper Bear’s, etc., and create a spring loop that will be accessible via the substation on Cady Hill Road, and potentially via the iRide parking lot.  In some cases the situation is still dangerous, with trees precariously hanging and tangling overhead, so some sections of trail will have to be rerouted.

    Come spring, volunteer-based recovery efforts will begin.  Stowe Trails Partnership’s annual Spring Trail Work Day, which is Saturday May 5th at 9 a.m., will focus on getting as much of Cady Hill rideable, and walkable as possible. 

    Stowe Trails Partnership, the Town of Stowe, and Stowe Land Trust haven't let up on their efforts since the storm, to ensure this most invaluable resource be available to the community who has come to embrace this conserved recreational gem, as one of the finest.

    source and photo: Stowe Trails Partnership

    Stowe Land Trust Completes Fund Raising Effort

    The Kaiser Farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the importance of protecting the special landscape sourrounding us.  Thanks to the Stowe Land Trust, and the generous donations from the organization's supporters, this 49 acre farm will remain part of the working landscape out in scenic Nebraska Valley.  Stowe Land Trust, will purchase a conservation easement, and in turn, sell the property to the new buyers at the agricultural value. 

    Christine Kaiser, has farmed there for decades, and was featured in the Ben Hewitt's book, The Town That Food Saved, about the local food movement, in Hardwick.

    This collaborative conservation effort, along with the Vermont Land Trust, will ensure this scenic farmland be perserved, provide access to farm fresh and local food in the area, and support the next generation of farmers in our community.  Andrew and Annie Paradee are the young couple who will be buying the farm. 

    The completion date of the purchase and ultimate preservation of the property, is projected to take place by the end of April.  For more information about this exciting project, you can visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

      source: StoweLandTrust.org   

     

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      Realtor Grant Helps Build New Mountain Bike Trail In Stowe

      The Lamoille Area Board of REALTORS® was just awarded a grant from the National Association of Realtors, which helped to build a new trail in Cady Hill Forest.  The trail was just completed by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, and is a re-route of an existing trail that will now allow riders to more easily continue from the end of Cady Hill Connector through to the upper tier of the Cady Hill Forest and Schween trail network.  The trail is fun and flowy, up or down, and not as steep a climb as the old alternative.

      Many thanks to the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, for recognizing the importance of recreation and its benefits for our community.  And, also to the Stowe Mountain Bike Club , and Stowe Land Trust, who both continue to enhance this multi-use trail network, and natural resource.  The board of Realtors was also recently instrumental in securing a grant for the new Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.

       

      Winter Outings in Stowe

      The fresh new snow that has fallen over the past few days has everyone invigorated to be outside enjoying it.  In addition to all of the outdoor activities, winter events are already on the schedule.  The following are fun free events you may want to mark on your calendar.  All of these are hosted by the Stowe Land Trust, and begin in January.

      • January 24th - Hikes for Tykes at 10:00 a.m.
        • Explore the winter world along the Mill Trail.  Designed for children up to 5 years old, to connect with new friends on the trails while fostering their love for the world around them. Enjoy a fire and hot cocoa at the Mill Trail Cabin afterwards.
      • February 18, 2017 - Peak-a-View Snowshoe at 9:00 a.m.
        • Strap on your snowshoes for a hike in the Page and Sterling Forests.  Warm beverages served afterwards.   Directions: From Stowe Village, head north on VT-108. In 3 miles, turn right onto Edson Hill Rd, then continue onto Weeks Hill Rd. In 2 miles, turn left onto Wade Pasture Rd; look for the Robinson Springs sign. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Dish Ln. Park at the end of the road. Note that parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.
      • March 4, 2017 - Apple Tree Pruning Workshop from 1:00 - 4:00 at Burnham Farm, 2864 Stowe Hollow Road
        • Come learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and care from Lamoille County Forester, Rick Dyer, at Kelly Murphey & Rachel Fussell's orchard at the SLT-conserved Burnham Farm in Stowe Hollow.  Bring your clippers or a pruning saw and gloves.  Extra equipment will be provided. Hosted by the property owners, Kelly Murphey and Rachel Fussell.

      Source and photograph: Stowelandtrust.org

       

      Fall Hikes in Stowe

      This is the time of year when many take to the trails and the woods to enjoy the changing scenery and experience the wonders that fall brings.  The leaves are turning, and the trails are already getting covered with all the different fall colors.  It's been warm and dry, somewhat unlike fall, but as of Thursday, the temperatures will be cooler, and perhaps more invigorating to get out in to the woods.

      This is my favorite time to go hiking, and the following are some of my favorites:

      1. Taylor Lodge, is a 3+ mile moderately traveled hike, starting from the iconic Trout Club and Lake Mansfield. This trail takes you through some of the most scenic woods in the area.  The drive out to the Trout Club is beautiful as well.  On the way back to town, you can stop at Long Winter Farm for farm fresh veggies, eggs and meats.
      2. Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a favorite among many.  After the hardest part of the climb, about 3/4 of the way up, it levels out, and ultimately ends up on top of open rock formations, with a panoramic view of all of Stowe, looking toward Mt. Mansfield.  Be sure to bring a wind-breaker in case it's breezy on top.
      3. The Mill Trail off of Notchbrook Road in Stowe, is rich in history, as well as scenic.  This is an easy to moderate hike on 31 acres of land conserved by Stowe Land Trust.  You will find a historic cabin there that has recently been restored,  with the  goal of educating the public about this historic area, and to further SLT’s mission of land conservation.

      Cady Hill Forest Update

      As you may know, Cady Hill Forest in Stowe - a recreation destination for all types of users - was devastated by a wind storm last October.  You may have seen photographs of some areas that now lay barren after hundreds, perhaps thousands of trees were blown down and have since been logged out.  Seeing it in person can only show the true reality of what happened there.  The good news is that at least part of Cady Hill Forest will be back online by early to mid-summer. There are still some unknowns, but recovery is within sight.

      The timber harvest and salvage effort on the southern end of Cady Hill Forest (near Charlie’s and Florence Trails) was completed in late January. 

      Local logger Jed Lipsky and his crew are slated to return to the Bear’s Trail and Cady Hill Climb area, this week to complete  timber harvest effort there, before spring. 

      As far as getting the trails back online, the ultimate goal is to clear the lesser affected trails like Snake, the Schween Haus Loops, Cady Hill Connector, Upper Bear’s, etc., and create a spring loop that will be accessible via the substation on Cady Hill Road, and potentially via the iRide parking lot.  In some cases the situation is still dangerous, with trees precariously hanging and tangling overhead, so some sections of trail will have to be rerouted.

      Come spring, volunteer-based recovery efforts will begin.  Stowe Trails Partnership’s annual Spring Trail Work Day, which is Saturday May 5th at 9 a.m., will focus on getting as much of Cady Hill rideable, and walkable as possible. 

      Stowe Trails Partnership, the Town of Stowe, and Stowe Land Trust haven't let up on their efforts since the storm, to ensure this most invaluable resource be available to the community who has come to embrace this conserved recreational gem, as one of the finest.

      source and photo: Stowe Trails Partnership