RASTA announces plans for more glades, launches fundraising effort

RANDOLPH — The Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA), the first pilot chapter of the Catamount Trail Association, has launched a summer fundraising effort to expand glades in the area around central Vermont.

RASTA has been working in partnership with the New England Forestry Foundation and a local landowner Paul Kendall since 2013 to develop backcountry glades throughout the 1,547-acre Braintree Mountain Forest.  Last fall, volunteers began cutting glades on the Skidoo Mountain. Now, with fundraising help, the organization plans to construct a parking lot, renovate the existing Bell Gates backcountry cabin, build a trailhead kiosk and develop two additional glades on neighboring Twin Peaks.

RASTA’s fundraising campaign seeks to raise $25,000 over the next two months. Learn more about their initiative at indiegogo.com.

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Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson is the staff writer for Vermont Sports Magazine. The native Vermonter enjoys steep and deep skiing and wandering all over the state by Subaru. Find him on Twitter at @evanisathome.