VT Huts Action Needed – Please Comment

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VMBA is asking for your help and support for Vermont Huts Association.  Would you mind taking a moment to submit a comment to the Forest Service to help ensure Vermont Huts can continue to grow their hut network and support other recreation opportunities on public lands? It’s super quick and easy.

The Forest Service just opened the second round of public comment period for the Somerset Integrated Resource Project, and it’s quite simple to submit a comment. Just make sure you do it before the March 16 deadline. In particular, they’d love your support on the following items (feel free to edit or copy/paste as you wish):

I’m commenting in support of:

  • The construction of a four-season hut off the Camp Loop Trail at Grout Pond
  • Improving water quality and sanitation at the Grout Pond Campground
  • Construction of approximately 2.0 miles of new trail providing connectivity between the Town of Dover, Mount Snow trails, and the National Forest Trail System. 
  • Construction of approximately 2.1 miles of trail connecting the proposed mountain bike trails off Handle Road in the Town of Dover to the Deerfield Ridge Trail.
  • Construction of approximately 0.4 miles of cross-country ski trail on an existing old skid trail to serve as a collector route for a proposed backcountry ski area off Deerfield Ridge.
  • Adding a 0.7 mile existing segment of the Catamount Trail to the National Forest Trail System.
  • Development of three backcountry zones in close proximity to Mount Snow off the Deerfield Ridge trail for additional backcountry skiing recreation.

In order for your comments to be considered, they must be submitted in one of the following ways:

  1. Forest Service online comment system available at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=53706
  2. FAX: (802) 767-4777, ATTN: Jay Strand, Somerset Project
  3. Mail: USDA Forest Service, 99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT 05767

It is recommended submitting online since it’s simple and fast. All comments must include: your name, postal address, title of action, which is the “Somerset Integrated Resource Project,” and your specific comments (see above suggested bullet items).

For more information including environmental assessments, maps, and other supporting documents please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53706

Again, the due date is March 16, and it’ll take less time to submit your comment than it will to grab that next cup of coffee.

Many thanks in advance from Vermont Huts and the greater recreation community. We couldn’t do this without you.

Enjoy the weekend, and have fun out there!

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