Lets take a look back to a post from 2013! CTA’s Greg Maino posted a Q&A session with Dun Cochran, a forester with Green Mountain National Forest. Here is Dun’s response when asked about the implications an increasing number of backcountry skiers has on managing our Vermont forest resources;
“What makes this… both challenging and interesting for land managers is the lack of an existing management strategy to work with. The challenge facing the GMNF is to develop a management strategy that will balance the use with the potential resource impacts… Some general factors that will need to be addressed in a management plan will include how areas will be designated for this use, potential ways in which our vegetation can be managed sustainably in conjunction with the use, and the development of educational elements that we can present to the public.”
Flash back to the present, only 3 years later, and we are now amidst the process of discovering and developing these “management strategies.”
Check out this article in the Dartmouth News and learn about whats happening to make backcountry skiing accessible, and sustainable for Vermont.