The Vernon River and Trails Committee is making some modest progress and has chosen to focus on the Town Forest and Black Gum Swamp trails as a pilot area for trail mapping and formalization.
While maps and trail markings exist the team feels there is area for improvement to make this special piece of town property user-friendly for all. Recently, three of the team members embarked on a comprehensive trail confirmation walk to document actual GPS locations of the existing trails.
The team is working to develop enhanced maps and envisions a finished product will include a revised kiosk map, new trail markers and some informational signage at some key areas. As part of these efforts the team has identified a potential new vista that is within the Town Forest, but well outside any potential 300′ buffer zone which could be imposed around the Black Gum Swamp areas.
At its January 19, 2017, regular meeting, the members of the Vernon Selectboard gave their support to clearing the vista/picnic area. The team hopes to pursue a new trail to and from the vista as well as some vista clearing to improve the views. The team also identified the existing picnic area vista is overdue for maintenance clearing of trees to restore the view which makes this area such a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch.
The River and Trails Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Elementary School Library at 6:30 pm.