Getting outside is one of the few ways that we have been able to get out of our homes over the past few months. But, while we have been hitting the trails, many of your well-loved trails are looking a little beat up. Foot and bike traffic can increase the amount of erosion over time, making it easier for trails to get washed out. This happens more often when trails are muddy. Some ways that you can protect the trails you love include:
- Hiking and biking close to home. This not only saves you some gas, but also ensures that people are using a variety of trails throughout the state.
- Avoid muddy trails.
- Take all of your trash with you. Many crews have not been able to maintain recreation areas so trash cans may be full. Avoid piling up your trash and just throw it away at home instead.
- Stay on the trail. We want to keep the areas off the trail as pristine as possible for wildlife and for everyone to enjoy. Also, staying on the trail may help to limit your exposure to ticks.
Many trails that you love are likely maintained entirely by volunteers and a very small crew of paid staff. If you have time, are able, and want to give back even further, you can volunteer to manage your local trails. Some volunteer resources include:
- For mountain bikers: your local VMBA (Vermont Mountain Bike Association) chapter.
- The Vermont Land Trust
- Lamoille Valley Rail Trail has volunteer opportunities for residents in the Lamoille River Valley.
- Town conservation commissions and trail committees are also great places to check out.
Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Here is a fun workout from the Edgar May Center in Springfield.
- It is really nice to hear how Vermonters are helping each other out. Do you have a story from your community?
- Practice some mindfulness for both parents and kids with some balloon breathing to calm everyone down.
- Engineer it at home with the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.
- Tomorrow is Green Up Day in Vermont! Here is a list of where you can pick up bags and supplies per county/community.
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