Thanks to our members' hard work this summer, many of Vermont’s trails damaged by the summer floods are already open for use. And thanks to their trail damage assessment work, VTGC was able to quickly pull together a snapshot of the damage (excluding state and federally managed trails) that has resulted in funding towards trail recovery. Here’s what we learned:
These numbers and a compendium report with a powerpoint of images made its way quickly to FPR Commissioner Danny Fitzko and ANR Secretary Julia Moore. Our partners at FPR have decided to respond by allocating a portion of this year’s VOREC grants to flood-related trail repair. This fall, they’ll open up their application process, with specific guidelines for flood-related repairs. Stay tuned and check out upcoming enews and the website for more information.
Silver linings from the flood continue to emerge at every level, including for our beloved trails. Many newer trails built to high standards, and trails repaired since Irene - with flooding in mind - fared well. Check out the VPR interview with GMC’s Executive Director, linked below. Have a story of your own? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be added to the quantitative data we have gathered. Compelling stories like these make a difference in the future of trails.