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History - Walk Woodstock

Plan






Woodstock Trails Partnerships' History







WTP had its first meeting in the fall of 2004 and decided to organize around 5 goals:

· Create a Unified Trails Map:

o Walk Woodstock is in its 3rd edition

· Design and Install a Unified, Year-Round Signage System

o "Phase One" of the system is complete, including 135 signs, 96 sign posts and 4 trailhead kiosks providing directions and information for 30 miles of trail over 5 properties.

· Launch a Local Trail Corps

o Working with VT Youth Conservation Corps and the Woodstock Union High School, a year-round youth corps has been established.

o Additional youth crews have been awarded to the community and the National Park to carry out many trail maintenance and restoration projects.

· Re-Invigorate the Community's Connection to its Trails

o WTP has hosted major trail celebration events for the last 6 years - 3 years of Walk Woodstock and 3 years of Trek to Taste and 1 year of Peak to Peak - as well as other trail-related workshops and work days.

o In 2012, in partnership with the Ottauquechee Health Foundation, we launched a new event, "Peak to Peak", to celebrate healthy trails and healthy people.

o Two new trails have been created - the Spruce Path along Route 12 and the Stewardship Trail at the National Park.

o Numerous sources of funding and assistance have been sought after and directed to WTP projects.

o The Faulkner Trail Restoration effort was launched with a Plan. Volunteers and youth crews have worked for the last four years on the trail, with significant restoration beginning in 2012.

· Appalachian Trail Connector Project

o Several links have been identified and we're hoping to soon create an off-road connection between the AT and the village.

What's being worked on now?

· Planning for Trek to Taste "5"

o Saturday, June 1, 2013 -Mark your calendars!

· Historic Faulkner Trail Restoration

o Restoration Plan completed

o History of the Trail completed

o 5 weeks of VYCC crew work completed summer 2012

· Pathways for Youth - lots of summer kids!

o New year-round Trails Partnership Intern at the National Park

o Summer local VYCC crew

o Year-round High School crew

· And…?

o Woodstock's "Safe Routes Travel Plan" and its recommendation towards a "Walkable Woodstock"

o Safe Routes to schools and work

Did You Know?

A group of 13 people sit in earnest conversation on the wicker chairs of a sunlit porch, vibrant green woods behind them. NPS Photo.

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