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Moosalamoo Association
Volume 1,    Issue  2
In This Issue
Annual Meeting
VYCC Online Holiday Auction Closes
Bridges Update
2009 - 2010 Special Events
Nature Notes
Adopt-A-Moose
Annual Meeting
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Moosalamoo Association 2010 Annual Meeting will be held on Thurday, January 21st from 1-5PM at the Blueberry Hill Inn Ski Touring Center. Come hear the Year-In-Reveiw from the Association and our Partners.  Details will be availalbe on the website in the coming weeks and in the next e-news.
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Prefabrication in E. Middlbury, VT. 
 
 
bridge - no need for new holes
Bridge construction.
 
 
 Elsies stringers
 Elsie's stringers.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greetings!

I remember the day like it was yesterday... August 7, 2008. Torrents of water rolled down the mountains in the Moosalamoo NRA wiping out trails, roads, culverts, and bridges. When I stepped outside to survey the surroundings, I found that Dutton Brook had moved its bank by almost ten feet and the bridge was nowhere in sight, and it was just one of many bridges that disappeared that day.
 
Fast forward... November 2009. With unusually mild weather and stimulus funding from the Forest Service, the equipment rolled in with American-made steel girders to construct new bridges on Horseshoe and Elsie's Loop so we'll be skiing again in 2010.
 
It's been a very busy stretch of on-the-ground work to repair and restore the region. Bridges are just one of several new projects we've undertaken, including the potential development of an NRA visitor center with full time staff, year-round programming, vendor outlets, partner exhibits, and sugaring operation; a new monthly e-newsletter, plans for an overhauled website; and strengthened partnerships with USFS, VYCC, and other recreation user groups. 
 
Your generous donation will give the Moosalamoo Association the much-needed matching funds that are required to fully utilize the federal stimulus funds and to accept additional grants. Your gift will also enable the organization to continue resource stewardship projects such as wildlife habitat management, to begin developing the new center, and to reach out to visitors with important messages about responsible recreation and sustainable forest management. A donation envelope is enclosed or you may make a donation on-line at www.moosalamoo.org. 
 
Moosalamoo Association is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; and as such, your donation, in any of the following categories may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law: Steward ($500), Benefactor ($250), Supporter ($100), or Friend ($50). Please join me in "conserving the land and preserving the spirit" of Moosalamoo.
 
Tony Clark
Moosalamoo Association President
 
 
VYCC Online Holiday Auction Closes!
 
Thank you for your participation!
 
The 2009 Online Holiday Auction raised over $17,000! Thank you for taking the time to bid on our items and support the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Moosalamoo Association, the Catamount Trail Association, and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors, bidders, and supporters!
 
Bridges Update
 
In October 2009, the Moosalamoo Association entered into a $100,000 Challenge Cost Share Agreement with the Green Mountain National Forest... click here for Trail Bridge Replacement Update.
 
The Forest Service sincerely appreciates the coordination and contributions of the Moosalamoo Association to replacing the Elsie's Loop and Horseshoe Trail bridges that were washed out by the August 2008 flood.  
 
 Horseshoe Final bridge  
  Final Horseshoe bridge.
 
2009-2010 Special Events 
 
The following events are being held at the Blueberry Hill Ski Center in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area.
 
  • Dec. 19th - Opening Day
  • Dec. 31st - New Year's Eve Full Moon Ski
  • Jan.   9th - Winter Trails Day
  • Jan. 30th - Snowshoe Races
  • Jan. 31st - 5th Annual Tour de Blueberry
  • Feb. 13th - Fischer Ski Demo Day
  • Feb. 14th -0 2nd Annual Hidden Hearts
  • Feb. 20th - Classic Wooden Ski Race
  • Feb. 27th - Chili Cook-off & Full Moon Ski
  • Mar.  6th - Annual Pig Race & Pot Luck
These events are offered in partnership with the US Forest Service, and sponsored by Blueberry Hill Inn, Moosalamoo Association, Cafe Provence, and National Bank of Middlebury. If you would like additional information please visit www.blueberryhillinn.com or email ski@blueberryhillinn.com.
 
Nature Notes 
In Search of the Moose
by Bruce Brown
 
abies balsamea
 
 
The Balsam fir, Abies balsamea, is a native tree to the hills of the Moosalamoo Region.  Its great smell, as well as its needle retention, has made it a favorite as a Christmas tree.  It has been grown commercially on tree farms and is also used for making holiday wreaths and decorations.
 
Seeds from its erect cones provide food for turkey and grouse, and its twigs provide browse for rabbits, deer, and moose. The bark of the tree yields oil of balsam, used in medicine and the arts.
 
Adopt-A-Moos
Adopt-a-Moose
 
The Moosalamoo Association offers you the opportunity to adopt a "symbolic" moose to help support development of educational, interpretive, and recreational programming for 2010. We invite you to select the "soft and squishy" Lil' Miles Moose or "Fuzz that Wuzz" made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. You'll receive a Certificate of Symbolic Adoption for each moose that you purchase. 
Please click here for order form.

Price: $35 each
S & H: $7 per delivery address.
 
Please be sure to check out all of our branded items available for purchase on our website.