Private landowners play a critical role in Vermonters’ recreational pursuits. Over 80% of VMBA chapters’ sanctioned trails are on private land. In may cases private land connects larger networks creating remarkable riding experiences.
VMBA represents the interests of landowners by encouraging thoughtful relationships with Chapters and forcefully advocating for policies that preserve and expand landowner protections. We also seek to provide clarity concerning Act 250 jurisdiction and landowner liability in Vermont. VMBA was also the first statewide outdoor recreation nonprofit in the country to create opportunities for our Chapters to utilize federal funding for projects on private land without seeking an easement. Lastly, the association provides insurance offering and additional layer of protection to landowners that host mountain biking trails on their land. Please find below a list of relevant resources, and please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Useful documents for Landowners:
- Questions to ask those wanting to build on your land
- Landowner Brochure – Summary of the 10-yr. Access Agreement, Act 250, VT Trail System & the Landowner Liability Act
- Trails and Act 250 Overview
- Landowner Liability Act
- VMBA Insurance Summary
- Landowner Access Agreement (Microsoft Word)
- Landowner Access Agreement (PDF)
The riding in Vermont is like nowhere else in the country for several reasons. The combination of our remarkable public land managers is unmatched by any other state from a local and federal perspective. Private landowners have a rich history of being dedicated to all Vermonters having access to amazing outdoor experiences, which the legislature supports through the Landowner Liability Act. The VMBA Chapters comprise an unbelievable force of advocates dedicated to building trails, hosting events and stewarding countless landowner relationships. Our Chapters are united through the association and our voice is gaining momentum. As we grow and welcome new riders into our sport and forests, we’re committed to preserving the wonderful and unique character that makes Vermont a special place.
Some related reading for those interested in learning more about the benefits and impacts of mountain biking on landowners and local communities:
- Mountain Bikers By the Numbers (2015)
- Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study (2016)
- Outdoor Recreation Economy in Vermont
- The Economic Benefits of Mountain Biking Nationally
- Barre Town Forest Study (2011)
- Economic Benefits of Silent Sports Participation (2014)
- Environmental Impacts of Mountain Biking
- Mountain Biking – More Impact?