A Message from the Executive Director
What's in store for 2011 in the Moosalamoo NRA?
The board of directors of the Moosalamoo Association has just completed their second strategic planning retreat to help guide stewardship of the region for the future ... and there is much to be excited about. We hope that you treasure the region enough to help us meet our goals with a tax-deductible contribution to the Moosalamoo Association. The Association has been a stewardship partner with the US Forest Service for decades and has taken the lead in helping to ensure an outstanding outdoor recreation experience for all.
We have identified several key areas of focus for the next five years. These include:
- Trails, roads, and facilities -with the USFS and the local community we will work on trail monitoring and maintenance, bridges, and culverts. We will also evaluate our current map and when needed, update, reprint, and distribute broadly throughout the state.
- Education - we will evaluate and replace Interpretive panels within the region, as needed; encourage schools to use the region as an outdoor classroom; implement national curricula, such as Project Learning Tree or Leopold Education Program; and host a summer writing camp.
- NRA Planning - in partnership with the USFS, we will participate in the public process for a new recreation plan.
- Alliances - we will focus efforts on building greater collaboration with US Forest Service, gateway communities, other recreation groups, schools, chambers, legislature, and others.
- Tourism promotion - we will work to improve our website (www.moosalamoo.org) to increase its standing with search engines and use available tools to monitor website traffic. We will continue promotion of the region through brochures, local print, and member recruitment.
- And last, but certainly not least, we will focus our efforts on the creation of an Interpretive Center - we believe that establishing a center will give the region an "anchor" that it's currently lacking. This center will be the "home base" for interpretation, education, information, office, and the connection to other institutions and surrounding communities. We are currently working on defining the footprint, function, and funding for such a center... a huge undertaking but one that will enhance the visitor experience.
How will we accomplish all this, you ask?
In 2011, the Moosalamoo Association will have a new trails director! This person (or company) will be hired to help move our organization forward in developing educational programming, events, and alliances with other recreation groups and communities. We will also have more on-the-ground presence for trail monitoring and maintenance, guided hikes, and volunteer training. Support for this position will be funded, in part, through a grant from the Northeast Wood Collaborative sponsored by Senator Leahy and managed by VT Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation.
The Moosalamoo Association board of directors, members, and recreation users bring passion to every endeavor.... And this is the cornerstone of our future success. Again, please help to support our mission with your generous contribution in any amount you can afford. We cannot reach our objectives without your help. Just as we are stewardship partners with the Forest Service, you all are our stewardship partners and we need you!
Thank You, Kathleen Wanner
Save the Date - Annual Meeting Scheduled
The Moosalamoo Association Annual Meeting has been scheduled for February 8, 2011
at the Blueberry Hill Ski Center from 1-4PM. There is no cost. Please visit www.moosalamoo.org
Cross Country Ski Center
Celebrates It's 40th Year!
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Blueberry Hill Ski Touring Center with the kick off event on New Year's Eve. Ski or snowshoe to Hogback, enjoy the bonfire and "cheer" with other outdoor winter recreationists. Be on the lookout for other 40th anniversary events during the 2011 ski season. Come enjoy the 70 km of groomed trails within the Moosalamoo NRA
Visit the Blueberry Hill Inn website for additional information on their trails and ski center.
Featured Location - Hogback Mountain
Grab your friends & family and enjoy winter in the National Recreation Area!
There are over 70 miles of well-maintained trails for skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. The Hogback Trail is a 3.8 mile loop and is rated one of the most scenic trails in Vermont. Cross country skiers, whether classic or skate, back country or touring, will find opportunities duplicated nowhere else, with rentals and lessons available. Trails are marked and many are groomed regularly. Back country trails welcome snowshoers, and snowmobilers can visit the region along the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) system.
The Moosalamoo Association website highlights featured locations
throughout the year. This is a great way to see parts of Moosalamoo National Recreational Area!
|Moosalamoo cross-country skiers will enjoy the Wilkinson Trail even more this winter, now that the Goshen Brook trail bridge (shown in the background) has been completed.|
|A Nop's Metalworks employee is shown here placing erosion control fabric at the new Goshen Brook bridge on the Wilkinson Trail as work is finishing up on the bridge deck and railings. The Moosalamoo Association contracted with Nop's to fabricate and install this 47' trail bridge, along with four others across the region over the past year. |
|Moosalamoo Branded Items for Sale
The Moosalamoo Association has great branded products
like wooden puzzles, ceramic mugs, moose ornaments & keychains, stainless steel waterbottles, and more! OR you can Adopt-A-Moose
- purchase a 100% recycled or a soft and cuddly Moose (comes with a Certificate of Symbolic Adoption).
Order one of these items for the holidays!
Moosalamoo Offers Green Mountain National Forest Maps from National Geographic
The Moosalamoo NRA has partnered with National Geographic to bring you a Green Mountain National Forest North Map. Cost for the map is $11.95 and you can order one by contacting the Moosalamoo Association at 802-747-7900.