Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Community Forestry Walk
This walk will take place from 10am to 12pm. Please meet on Maggie's Way in Waterbury Center. Parking will be along the side of the road.
The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor is one of the five most important wildlife crossings in Vermont and a critical part of an international network of connected forest habitats in the northeast. Crossing Route 100 on the Waterbury-Stowe town line, it is the only viable ecological connection between the Green Mountains and Worcester Range.
Experience the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor first-hand with this tour through an active logging operation right in the heart of the corridor. We’ll hear from the logger, Grahm Leitner of Vermont Greenwood Resources, and forester, Michael Brown of Birdseye Forestry, who will describe the work they’ve done on this property, and what a sustainable harvest can look like. Waterbury Conservation Commission member, Allan Thompson, will also be on hand to talk about connections between wildlife and forests in all stages – from clear cuts to old growth. Come see an active timber harvest, learn about forest management and how you too can manage your property for wildlife and other forest resources.
This event is hosted by the Waterbury Conservation Commission, Stowe Land Trust, and other members of the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Partnership who work together with landowners and concerned citizens to keep the corridor intact and functioning. Learn where the corridor is located, why it so important, what threats it is facing, and how we can work together to keep it open and safe.
Plan on a 1.5 mile moderately strenuous round trip hike. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking off trail over uneven terrain in the winter. Depending on the weather, micro-spikes or snowshoes may be advisable. Rain or shine; dress for the weather.
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