March 13, 2017
Nice story this weekend by Vt Public Radios "Public Post" reporter Amy Noyes about the Cross Vt Trail's big project. Link to VPR's Public Post story.
March 7, 2017
Town Meeting Day update - today, all four towns where we were on the ballot voted yes to support the Cross Vermont Trail and to help "Build the Bridge."
We are in the homestretch to finish fundraising and get the Cross Vermont Trail off of Rte 2 and onto a path in the woods from Montpelier to Plainfield, with connection to U32. Many thanks to all who are helping to spread the word!
February 27, 2017
Vote for the Cross Vermont Trail this Town Meeting Day.
Asking towns to join together with many other donors to help pay for the keystone piece of the Cross Vermont Trail in central Vermont.
We've been telling you about our big project - building 2.75 miles of new bike path, including a bridge over the Winooski River, to get the Cross Vermont Trail off of Route 2 in East Montpelier. This project greatly expands the trail network at U32, and connects the school with the growing region wide trail network, including the Montpelier bike path to the west and, to the east, the rail trail in Plainfield. It creates a safe, kid friendly way to bike to school, and provides convenient nearby access to natural areas along the river for everyone to enjoy.
Well here is some news about how we are taking a big step to finish fundraising and start construction. The City of Montpelier has made significant contributions to the project, and has offered to contribute an additional $1 per resident if the other benefiting towns also contribute as much. The benefitting towns are the members of the U32 school district, as well as Montpelier and Plainfield. If all these towns contribute, it will raise over $20,000, which will be further matched 4 to 1 by federal grants, bringing in another $80,000 to the project.
Overall, the total cost of the project is 1.6 million dollars, of which 1.3 million is committed from federal grants, and most of the remainder has been raised from local donations, from over 200 individuals, businesses and organizations. We need just $90,000 more to match the federal money and complete construction. Most of the money is needed for a few heavily engineered structures to get across the Winooski River and for a short section along side Route 2, where State Agency of Transportation requirements mean full scale design and construction by regular contractors. Elsewhere, the trail will be built by volunteers and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps crews.
This is a one time request for town funding. We are a small organization whose goal is to bring new resources into towns, rather than relying on any regular funding from towns. In time, we believe nearly all of the statewide trail network will be completed in a moderately scaled, incremental way - using common sense, hand tools, and volunteers - securing any funding that may be needed from competitive grants and donations from individual members. However, we currently face a challenge to complete this keystone piece of the trail by making an investment on a much larger scale.
This Town Meeting Day, we are on the ballot in East Montpelier, Plainfield, Calais and Worcester. (We are gathering signatures to get on Middlesex ballot in 2018, and Montpelier and Berlin have already committed to make contributions.) Thanks for your vote, and for helping to spread the word!
Read more at the big project page.
Or download a pdf of the project summary.
February 8, 2017
The Richmond eagle is back. Stefan Hard from Times-Argus got the still: link to Times-Argus article.
February 1, 2017
Clearing trails with YouthBuild today.
December 30, 2016
Happy Winter and New Years Greetings!
November 15, 2016
Piecing together the patchwork quilt - partnering with Habitat for Humanity to conserve trail corridor - updated.
Work on the Habitat house is nearing completion. Helped out this past weekend with some roofing. The new family should be living there by next Spring. And, not too much after that, letting their kids bike to school on the new Cross Vermont Trail!
September 28, 2016
Great day at this year's Fall Foliage Ride. Click here for panoramic photo of everybody heading for the start of the trail.
September 28, 2016
An unsolicited testimonial from Richmond Trails. Someone is a pretty good router!
(Photo Gallery of the S.B. students at work.)
September 10, 2016
Good group this morning at bike ride preamble to the East Montpelier Rally for the Village day.
Life Lesson Learned: when mechanical failure means you're stuck in high gear, just keep going forward if forward is downhill (and send your dad around in the car to pick you up at the next road crossing so you don't have to bike back uphill).
It was nice to introduce a new group of people to this little gem of a trail off of Rte 14 - and of course to fill their heads full of our dreams to finish connecting it east and west to Montpelier and Plainfield, and someday down to the village on Rte 2 (avoiding the blind curves on Rte 14).
September 9, 2016
Got a chance to help in an emergency this week - putting a patch and brace on the bridge over Mallory Brook along the East Montpelier Trail.
This beautiful hand made log bridge is one of those structures that "makes a place". But rough logs can't last forever, so the E Montp Trails committee will be working on crafting the next generation of the bridge. Give a call if you want to release your inner Eric Sloane.
September 1, 2016
That's a wrap on Cross Vt Trail's August volunteer trail crew. Many thanks to all the folks who gave a week or two (or three! that's you Gus) camping out in Groton State Forest and overhauling another long section of the Telephone Line Trail [forming a big new multi-use loop with the railbed].
August 4, 2016
Our summer volunteer trail crew is underway. We'll be working through August. Give a shout if to find out where we'll be if there's a day you'd like to drop in.
Here's the crew continuing our multi-year effort to finish building the Telephone Line Trail in Groton State Forest, providing a significant new loop with the rail bed and providing connection with spur trails to wilderness ponds and rocky mountain summits - but not too difficult, great family hikes or bike rides.
August 4, 2016
New section of the East Montpelier Trail is starting to take shape, off of Cherry Tree Hill Rd trailhead. The blazes are up and the trail is cleared. We'll be doing finish work into the fall, and updating the map on the trailhead signs. Look for it!