Norwich Farms Walk
Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Come for a walk and learn about our newest conservation ownership! Stewardship Director Jason Berard will provide an overview and lead a walk up the farm road with fine local views across the valley. To register contact Jason Berard at jason.berard (at) uvlt.org
Norwich Farms Hike
Saturday August 22, 9:00am – noon
Get to know the vernal pools, forest and trails at Norwich Farms with Land Steward Doug Brown. We’ll meet at the farm and walk to the upper portions of the property including trails that link to Norwich Fire District Parcel Five. To register contact Doug Brown at douglas.brown (at) uvlt.org
Ascutney Mountain Traverse
Saturday, August 29
Mount Ascutney. From nearly every town in our region it can be seen rising above the valley. With numerous trail options for climbing the peak, it can be hard to decide which one to use! Have no fear, UVLT Stewardship staff can help ease your burden! We’ll be leading a traverse of the mountain on Saturday, August 29th, which means you’ll be able to hike TWO trails in the same day! We’ll meet at the Windsor Trail parking lot on Route 44A, and then carpool over to the Weathersfield Trail where we’ll begin our ascent. Once at the top, we’ll make our way back down to our cars on the Windsor side of the mountain.
You may be surprised to learn that although Mount Ascutney is a State Park, UVLT holds conservation easements on 800 acres of the lower reaches of the mountain on both the north (Windsor) and south (Weathersfield) sides. This land was added to the original park between 1998 and 2000. VT State Lands Forester Rick White said that this would not have been possible without UVLT working with landowners to conserve the property first as the purchase price would have been too high if it were still developable land.
So, come join us for a hike to explore the big mountain in our own back yard! We’ll be meeting at the Windsor Trail parking lot on Route 44A at 9am on Saturday, August 29th. To register contact Jason Berard: jason.berard (at) uvlt.org.
Sue Morse: Animals of the North
Monday, September 7
We’re still finalizing the details of an event that includes a half day-day field outing at our Ely Mountain Conservation Area and an evening program at Martha Jane Rich Auditorium at Thetford Academy. The evening program is designed to educate audiences about ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected by climate change, with more serious challenges ahead. Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and arctic marine and waterfowl ecology are some of the species and subjects covered in this stunningly beautiful show. Sue promises not to overwhelm our audience with bad news. Instead, her program will devote equal time sharing remarkable images of animals and their northern habitats-all in the spirit of Jane Goodall’s “reason for hope.” The intent is to inspire attendees, young and old alike, to join in the vital crusade to change our fossil fuel-burning ways, conserve natural resources and share a healthy planet with all that lives. The evening program is open and free to the public. To learn more about the field outing contact Jason.Berard (at) uvlt.org.