The Green Mountain Club, April 17, 2009


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Dedication

Friday April 17th, 2009

Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to

 

The Green Mountain Club

 

Since 1910 the Green Mountain Club has maintained and protected the 445-mile Long Trail hiking system running from Massachusetts to Quebec including sixty-six overnight shelters and lodges as a free and accessible trail for all to enjoy.

 

With hiking season right around the corner GMC volunteers and field staff are gearing up for an ambitious season of trail and shelter work on the Long Trail system.  We will set out to:

 

  • Finish repairing Montclair Glen Lodge (south of Camel’s Hump) in May, rebuild Lost Pond Shelter (near Danby), Greenwall Shelter (near Wallingford), and Old Job Shelter (near Danby) in July, and reconstruct Theron Dean Shelter (south of Appalachian Gap/Rt. 17) and Tucker-Johnson Shelter (north of Rt. 4) in August;
  • Clear encroaching brush and accumulated blowdowns on the Long Trail System in the Breadloaf Wilderness, Joseph Battell Wilderness, and on Stark Mountain;
  • Install several metal climbing rungs on Stark Wall where erosion and vegetation loss from rock faces has created precarious pitches;

 

In addition to its trail and shelter responsibilities GMC has protected 25,000 acres of land and 80 miles of trail in the northern part of the state since the 1980’s in an effort to secure permanent legal access to Long Trail system.  As Vermont’s leading outdoor recreation and conservation organization, GMC also publishes guidebooks and maps, offers workshops on hiking safety and preparedness, and provides information to the hiking public.

 

GMC is located on Rt. 100 in Waterbury Center between Waterbury and Stowe.  In May GMC will open its new timber-framed Visitor Center which replaces the previous visitor center that burned down in 2003.  The new facility will provide space for workshops, meetings, staff and volunteers.  It will have great educational displays, a shady porch and a hiking trail out the back door.  It will also feature many green elements including solar electricity, locally harvested and milled lumber, a biomass cordwood boiler, composting toilets and superior insulation.

 

If you value the Long Trail and hiking in Vermont, please consider becoming a member of the Green Mountain Club. www.greenmountainclub.org

 

GMC would like to thank American Flatbread for donating a portion of each flatbread sold tonight to the Green Mountain Club.  Eat up!

 

 

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