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New Poo Crews Tackle Pet Waste Problem on Trails

Poo Crew volunteer Jeff Sharat and Heidi show off a new pet waste bag dispenser at the Wiessner Woods trailhead.

The Stowe Land Trust has been getting complaints about the pet waste that accumulates on some of their trails that are popular with dog walkers for years – particularly at Wiessner and Kirchner Woods.  Although some visitors pick up and pack out their dogs’ waste, a lot is left to accumulate on and next to trails, which is particularly noticeable in winter and late spring.  The problem goes beyond a nuisance for visitors; the waste also washes into streams adding pathogens and pollutants to waterways and is a source of disease for pets and people. Read the full press release here.

Mill Trail Cabin in LTA's Saving Land Magazine

Doctor Lichtenthaler & Helen Day Montanari at the Mill Trail cabin.

In the Winter 2015 edition of Saving Land Magazine, a quarterly publication of the Land Trust Alliance, the Mill Trail Cabin is one of four properties featured in an article examining the connection between historic preservation and land conservation. Read about the cabin and other historic places from California to Vermont preserved for their human history. Click here for the full article. The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization. For more information about the Land Trust Alliance click here

Farewell Kirchner Woods Sugarhouse

Jed and Karl Lipsky remove the back pan from the old evaporator.

This past Thursday, December 4th, Stowe Land Trust removed the collapsed sugarhouse at Kirchner Woods with help from Jed and Karl Lipsky of Lipsky Logging LLC.  The structure was beyond repair when the land trust purchased the property from Jerry Kirchner’s estate in 2009 and finally succumbed under heavy snows earlier this year.  Unfortunately, most of the sugaring equipment was also in poor condition and could not be salvaged, except for a small evaporator, which the land trust has retained. Read the full story.

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Straddling the south western boundary between Stowe and Waterbury, the 63 acre property features two Class II wetlands and a mixed forest, containing northern hardwoods and softwoods. There are a few old logging trails and stone fences throughout the property. The property is available to the general public for the following non-motorized recreational purposes:  hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking and wildlife observation. Read more!

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