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Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Vermont Sports

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US Forest Service holds meetings on management of trails in the Green Mountain National Forest

RUTLAND  – The U.S. Forest Service has initiated a forest-wide comprehensive trail strategy process to provide guidance and suggestions for the sustainable management of non-motorized and motorized trails on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF). The strategy identifies: trail management issues; suggested future trail management actions; and processes that can be used to address future trail concerns.

To gather information from the public, the Forest Service is asking anyone who uses the GMNF trail systems to attend one of the open house meetings listed below. At the meetings, the public can learn more about the comprehensive trail strategy; review potential trail system adjustments; and offer comments on specific trails. The Forest is seeking information on topics such as: under- or over-represented trail uses; alternative suggestions for future trail actions; and specific ideas for the GMNF trail system.

The U.S. Forest Service is committed to balancing the needs of GMNF trail users with the agency’s responsibility to sustain productive, diverse and healthy forests. As part of this commitment, the Forest must address concerns about the future sustainability of the national forest trail systems. The future success of sustainable trail management relies on the thoughtful evaluation of trail networks.

The comprehensive trail strategy will help the agency find ways to best manage its natural resources to balance many competing needs. The comprehensive trail strategy is not a decision; rather, it is intended to provide guidance and recommendations to the Green Mountain National Forest in planning future trail management.

SCHEDULED OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS:

Peru
Aug. 19, 2014
6:00 — 8 p.m.
Bromley Base Lodge

Hancock
Aug. 19, 2014
6:00 — 8 p.m.
Hancock Town Hall
Route 100

Woodford
Aug. 26, 2014
6:00 — 8 p.m.
Prospect Mountain Base Lodge

Middlebury
Sept. 2, 2014
6:00 — 8 p.m.
Ilsley Public Library
75 Main Street

Montpelier
Sept. 10, 2014
Noon — 2 p.m.
Vermont State House
Room 11

Rutland
Sept. 11, 2014
6:00 — 8:00 P.M.
Supervisors Office
231 North Main Street


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