Current Stewardship Projects

Last updated January 2017

Caring for conserved land is a forever job - one we take seriously and enjoy. These are some of our current projects. As you can see, we rely on help from volunteers to get much of this work done. Interested in helping out? Learn more about volunteering with SLT or contact us at info@ or (802)253-7221. We'd love to have you join us!

Restoring DuMont Meadow

Volunteers are helping us get invasive honeysuckle under control using muscles, not herbicides.

We are working on a multi-year effort to restore native biodiversity and habitats at our 50-acre conserved DuMont Meadow property in Moscow. After inventorying the plant communities and invasive plants on the property in 2014, we created a management plan and weed plan to help us meet our goal. We kicked off our invasive plant control efforts in spring 2016 by beginning to cut back the infestation of mature non-native, invasive bush honeysuckle plants in the meadow, then brushhogged the meadow and used an excavator to pull out more mature honeysuckle plants in the fall. In 2017, we'll continue removing honeysuckle and will plant more native trees and shrubs along the Little River. The result will be a mosaic of healthy habitats in small area that collectively attract and support a wide array of native plants and animals.

Improving & Managing Trails

Stowe Bible Camp volunteers help to replace a bridge along the Meadow Trail at Wiessner Woods.

Did you know that the trails at Wiessner Woods have more than 20 footbridges? That's a lot of bridges! We have been caring for and improving these beloved trails since 1992, and our work is never done. As the bridges age, they naturally rot, so we've been replacing a couple bridges each year since 2013 with the help of volunteers. We've also been improving the surfacing and drainage of all our trails - totaling over 11 miles - over the years with funding and assistance from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Fields Pond Foundation, the Oakland Foundation, the Vermont Recreation & Trails Program, and many other supporters. Starting in 2017, we will be partnering with the Stowe Mountain Bike Club to install and use TRAFx infrared trail counters to gather data about trail use to help us to better understand and manage our trails.

Renovating the Mill Trail Cabin

GMTCC students designed and installed a solar lighting system at the cabin in 2015.

In 2008, we began the renovating the historic Moravian Cabin at our Mill Trail Property. With a grant from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, we were able to stabilize the hand-hewn log structure, make drainage improvements, and refurbish the windows and doors. A historic preservation easement now protects the building. In 2015, we added a solar lighting system with help from the Green Mountain Technology & Career Center, and masonry repairs to the stone fireplace and chimney were completed in 2016. This beautiful and unique historic cabin is now home to SLT's Summer Naturalist Program and is open to the public on a limited basis.

Tackling Pet Waste Problem on Trails with Volunteer Poo Crews

Volunteer Poo Crews help monitoring and promote pet waste pick-up along our trails. Thanks guys!

We have been getting complaints about the pet waste that accumulates on some of our trails that are popular with dog walkers for years – particularly at Wiessner Woods and Kirchner Woods.  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. In 2014, we decided to take a proactive approach to address the problem. After adding pet waste bag dispensers and educational signs at our trailheads, dog-loving volunteer Poo Crews hit the trails each week to monitor and promote picking up and packing out waste. Counts of piles found along trails get posted online and at trailheads through the winter and early spring. Our goal: zero waste along all of Stowe's trails. The result: happy and healthy dogs, hikers, and environment!