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Long Trail and GMC News / Mike DeBonis, GMC Executive Director Interview
« Last post by Rough on May 16, 2020, 01:33:02 PM »
"Mike DeBonis, Executive Director of the Green Mountain Club and native of Vermont, shares with listeners his own first hand hiking experiences with The Long Trail, including how in 2017 he completed a thru hike as if he was attempting it in 1917. Mike shares some of his favorite sections of the Long Trail, and how GMC is working hand in hand with local community partners and trail volunteers to maintain this unique historic trail for future generations."

Click on the link below to listen to the interview with Mike:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/225790/2579212-the-long-trail-vermont-s-footpath-in-the-wilderness-with-mike-debonis
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Shelters and Tenting Areas / GMNF Food and Refuse Storage Requirements
« Last post by Rough on May 07, 2020, 09:38:09 AM »
Beginning in July 2019 Forest Service officials announced that they are  implementing a Forest Order for the entire Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) geared toward minimizing black bear and human encounters and interactions. The order specifies proper food storage and prohibits leaving food, or refuse on National Forest system lands in Vermont. The Order was issued to provide for visitor safety and the conservation of bears.

"GMNF visitors are now required to store unattended food in bear-resistant containers, in a vehicle, in solid non-pliable material or suspend food at least twelve (12) feet off the ground and not less than six (6) feet horizontally from any object. In addition, all refuse containing food materials or containers shall be deposited in receptacles provided for that purpose, removed from the Green Mountain National Forest to be disposed of properly, or stored in the manner prescribed for food."

Read more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmfl/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD645526

On the LT bear boxes are now located at:

Bear boxes are currently installed at:
Seth Warner Shelter
Goddard Shelter
Kid Gore Shelter
Story Spring Shelter
Stratton Pond Shelter
Peru Peak Shelter
Griffith Lake Tenting Area
Tucker Johnson Shelter
Stony Brook Shelter (AT)
Montclair Glen Lodge
Hump Brook Tenting Area
Bamforth Ridge Shelter
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Long Trail and GMC News / GMC Trail Update May 2, 2020
« Last post by Rough on May 02, 2020, 09:39:59 AM »
"The GMC Visitor Center has been getting lots of questions about the status of the trail and hiking right now.  Read on to find out the answers.  Planning a thru-hike this year?  There's an FAQ just for you at the bottom.

Trail Maintenance: Along with the normal challenges related to mud season, GMC staff and volunteers have extremely limited capacity to conduct normal season-opening trail management at this time due to Governor Scott?s ?Stay Home, Stay Safe? order and social distancing requirements.  While we have gained some limited capacity to conduct early season management work with the governor?s recent order amendments, staff and volunteers are operating under stringent guidelines in compliance with that order.  For more information on these guidelines and what qualifies as appropriate management activities, please contact GMC Director of Field Programs, Keegan Tierney, ktierney@greenmountainclub.org.

Hiking Now: The Long Trail and side trails remain closed on state lands at this time. Due to mud season and the public health risk from COVID-19, the Green Mountain Club has asked hikers to please avoid using the Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, side trails, and associated facilities on all lands until the Governor lifts the Stay at Home order and mud season is over. We encourage everyone to get out and exercise and recreate locally, close to home.

Despite COVID-19 and mud season warnings and closures, areas of the Long Trail system are experiencing unprecedented levels of use. It is unclear what current and long-term impacts early and high-level use have had on trail resources.  Please be a good steward and give the trails a break until mud season is over.

Hiking Later: In coordination with state partners and health experts, the club is developing guidance for hikers to stay safe on the trails this hiking season. Once trails open, hikers should expect public health and social distancing precautions to remain. New guidance for protecting public health at parking areas, shelters and overnight sites, and privies may be implemented and impact the use and availability of these services and facilities.

The 2020 hiking season is going to be different than past years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hikers should expect some level of trail and trail-related facilities to be available this summer and fall, but availability may be limited to protect public health and trail resources."

For more info go to https://www.greenmountainclub.org/
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Shelters and Tenting Areas / 2020 Long Trail Shelter Contruction Projects
« Last post by Rough on April 30, 2020, 07:09:40 PM »
The Green Mountain Club reports 2020 hiking season construction plans:

"Long Trail Patrol construction projects will include rehabilitation of Cooley Glen, Kid Gore, and David Logan shelters and new privies at Rolston Rest, David Logan, Mellville Nauheim, Stratton Pond(two!), and Journey?s End shelters."

Thanks, GMC for these much needed projects.

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Flora and Wildlife / Pink Lady's Slippers
« Last post by Rough on April 10, 2020, 10:51:08 AM »
Optimal time to see blooming Pink Lady's Slippers near the Long Trail:

On the Beane Trail, halfway up to the Birch Glen Camp, in late May and early June.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/cypripedium_acaule.shtml

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About These Forums / Re: Forums Re-Activated as of March 23, 2020
« Last post by Tumble on April 09, 2020, 06:17:28 PM »
Hey Rough,
Lookin' good!
Tumble
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Long Trail and GMC News / GMC COVID-19 Update (4-4-2020)
« Last post by Rough on April 06, 2020, 02:13:45 PM »
From Mike DeBonis, GMC Executive Director:

April 4, 2020

"We are in the middle of a health emergency and to avoid the spread of COVID-19, we all must stay home as much as possible. As of April 3, the Long Trail and side trails on state lands are closed by the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The Green Mountain Club doesn?t have the authority to close trails on other lands, but we are asking everyone to please avoid using  the Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, side trails, and facilities until the Governor lifts the Stay at Home order.

It is important to know:

    It is spring mud season, trail conditions in many locations are poor, and trail use on wet and muddy trails are always discouraged during this time of year.
    Under the Governor?s order, trail work and maintenance are not considered essential or critical activities and are prohibited. This means that GMC staff and volunteers cannot get out to prepare and maintain trails for public use."
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About These Forums / Podcast Topics, Ideas, Corrections, and Suggestions Requested
« Last post by Rough on April 01, 2020, 12:12:14 PM »
If you have ideas for future podcasts, corrections, or any other suggestions post them here or, on www.longtrailpodcast.com, click the "Contact" tab then click "Feedback."

Rough
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Shuttles and Parking / Shuttles for LT Hikers
« Last post by Rough on April 01, 2020, 12:07:54 PM »
Hiking the Long Trail and need a ride, say from where you parked to a trailhead?  The Green Mountain Club maintains a list of volunteer shuttle drivers willing to drive your and your party.  Some volunteers restrict their area of service while others cover a more extensive area.  Call the GMC at 802.244.7037 and request the latest list.
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Towns and Nearby Services / Shuttles for LT Hikers
« Last post by Rough on April 01, 2020, 12:05:19 PM »
Hiking the Long Trail and need a ride, say from where you parked to a trailhead?  The Green Mountain Club maintains a list of volunteer shuttle drivers willing to drive your and your party.  Some volunteers restrict their area of service while others cover a more extensive area.  Call the GMC at 802.244.7037 and request the latest list.

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