While people try to balance getting in some outside activity while following public health guidelines to keep apart in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, parks and even the bike path begin to experience overcrowding.
If you’ve ever walked in Vermont’s
woods, chances are that you’ve stumbled upon a “wolf tree.”
One of the special things about winter hiking, snowshoeing or skiing
around Hinesburg’s many trails is
the connection to winter’s solitude and beauty.
If you’re like the members of the
Hinesburg Trails Committee, you love
being out on the trails.
The 864-acre Hinesburg Town Forest is many things. It is a historically important property, one of
Vermont’s early town forests, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Some would argue that as a forester, it’s my job to manage trees. However, I think that the forest, the whole system, is a forester’s true responsibility.
An earlier article discussed how trail builders maintain Hinesburg’s existing trails to avoid damage from water and erosion while making it more pleasant to walk, run or ride. But our trail network is growing and that means designing and building trails from scratch.
If you’ve been walking through the woods this late summer, you’ve probably noticed acorns — in treetops, hanging from low branches, littering the ground.
Did you know that one of the reasons Hinesburg’s current water quality is only in fair condition is historic activities, such as the straightening of channels, creating berms next to streams, and building or filling in next to streams?