2013 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects

 

The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) have selected the winners of the "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners were recognized in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2013 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building.

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Leicester Hollow Loop Trail (Vermont)

Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps

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Discussing the project construction

 

This project is the result of the outstanding collaborative effort exhibited among Forest Service employees, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation staff, and three partner organizations: the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) and Moosalamoo Association.

The Leicester Hollow Loop Trail Project relocated a historic trail out of a floodplain and completed watershed restoration activities for Leicester Hollow Brook. The project restored and expanded recreation access in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area (NRA) of the Green Mountain National Forest in addition to enhancing the effective use of partnerships and reducing public health and safety risks that had been created by a large flooding event.

The Leicester Hollow Loop Trail Project unified partnership efforts to engage citizens and raise awareness of opportunities available in the NRA since its establishment in 2006. Towards that end, the Forest Service and partners utilized outreach efforts to attract more visitors to the region and to engage local groups and individuals in contributing to land stewardship of federal land. Together, the partners completed the restoration and relocation of the Leicester Hollow Trail, severely damaged by a flood in 2008, and expanded mountain biking and hiking opportunities into a nine-mile trail loop.

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Rock work on the trail

 

Funding provided by the RTP program through two grants in part supported eight Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) crews, totaling 65 crew members, to complete the Leicester Hollow Loop Project over a span of three years.

Multiple crew members returned to volunteer time in an effort to complete the project on schedule. Funding provided by the RTP program also supported an eight-person VYCC crew hired to provide interpretation and education opportunities in the Moosalamoo NRA.

During the project, Forest Service staff developed an educational calendar for VYCC crews, exposing corps members to natural resource management and field skills. Presentations were provided on a variety of topics, including: GPS navigation and geocaching; botany and edible plants; crosscut saw and axe demonstration; environmental regulations; heritage resources; soils and wetlands; ecology of Leicester Hollow; and genetic resource management.

 

For more information:

Holly Knox, Green Mountain National Forest, 99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT 05767; (802) 767-4261 - http://www.fs.usda.gov/greenmountain - http://www.vycc.org/

 

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