WRWA Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch

Molly Stark State Park, 705 Route 9 East, Wilmington, Vt.

Saturday, September 9 (Rain or shine), 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT: Please provide information by Thursday, September 7, if you plan to attend the meeting. Please let Carol Morrison (WindhamWoodlands@gmail.com) know whether you would prefer a hamburger made from locally produced beef, Grand Kosher hot dog (low-fat, no filler), or a Vegetarian Burger. Your timely notification will help to ensure that we have adequate grill foods. You are welcome to enjoy more than one of the items; just let Carol know. Thank you!

Program:

Registration: Enjoy coffee and donuts while visiting with Woodlands friends, old and new.

Welcome to Molly Stark State Park

Brief business meeting presided over by WRWA President Marli Rabinowitz.

Tour led by Tim Morton, State Forester from Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, of this winter’s spruce patch clear-cuts designed by FPR and completed by Long View Forests Inc. The purpose of this cut was to increase trail views and enhance habitat for snowshoe hare while protecting existing recreation trails and park infrastructure. The project features large openings; retained connector habitat; riparian zone protection; and salvage of declining spruce, ash, and fir timber. If there is time, we will look at some of the hardwood areas and patch cuts that will be harvested next winter (if we have one!).

Lunch

Grill Master (and Windham/Windsor Counties Forester) Sam Schneski will cook our hamburgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian burgers. If you can, please bring a potluck dish to share as well as a suitable serving utensil. At a recent meeting, Past President Stu Thurber remarked that the lunch gets better each year! Again, please let Carol Morrison (WindhamWoodlands@gmail.com) know by September 7 whether you will want a hamburger, hot dog, vegetarian burger (or all the above!) If you do not have e-mail, please call Dana Ruppert at Bill Guenther’s office (802-257-7967, Ext. 302).

Afternoon

Diana Todd (President of Hogback Mountain Conservation Association and past WRWA Trustee) will make a presentation about HMCA’s 10-year program to develop Early Successional Habitat on the former ski slopes in the conservation area. This experimental program hopes to combine ESH-generation with recreational use of the former ski slopes. Diana will share preliminary results for this program that is now in its fifth year.

Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will provide a legislative update and update on wood products market.

Let’s have a “Green” Meeting! Molly Stark State Park provides a pleasant outdoor meeting venue. As in recent years, we continue to strive to “green” the meeting. To help, we ask that everyone be part of the “Green Team.”

What to bring:

Potluck dish for lunch, including a serving utensil

Travel mug for beverages

Chair, if you prefer a seat with a back. There also is ample seating at the picnic benches.

For the field trip, suitable footwear for forest trails with moderate hills; insect and tick repellant; and, if it suits your needs or style, walking sticks.

$7.00 registration fee per person to cover grilling supplies and other meeting expenses

(Note: You do NOT need to pay the park admission fee to attend the WRWA meeting.)

Directions:

Coming from the East, take exit 2 from Interstate 91. Turn right (west) onto Route 9 and go about 15 miles. Turn left into the Park and proceed along the paved road to the picnic pavilion.

Coming from the West, at the intersection of Routes 9 and 100 in downtown Wilmington, go east on Route 9 for 3.3 miles. Turn right into the Park and proceed along the paved road to the picnic pavilion.

Parking:

Please park in the designated parking area near the park office. If we need overflow parking, a park representative will direct the cars.

Dogs:

The Park does allow dogs that are on a leash. If you bring your dog, please do so only if it is well socialized to people and other dogs. Keep your dog on a short leash (< 6 feet), bring a water bowl, and clean up after your pet.

 

 

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