The Green Mountain National Forest covers almost 400,000 acres in southwestern and central Vermont and is Vermont's one and only national forest. It encompasses eight wilderness areas including the Lye Brook Wilderness in southern Vermont. Lye Brook is named after the Lye Brook, which flows through the western half of the Wilderness. The majority of the Lye Brook Wilderness is on a forested plateau dotted with ponds, bogs, waterfalls, streams and pools. Moose, black bear, deer, beaver, porcupine, bobcat, wild turkey, toads, frogs, and salamanders all call this area home. The northern hardwoods (birch, beech, and maple) along with spruce cover most of the wilderness and make for a breathtaking display of autumn colors each fall.
Our service project will be assisting the Forest Service with trail maintenance on the Pond Loop Trail. We will also work to repair puncheons and brushing the trail. The USFS plans to transport the volunteer crew to/from the job site with reduced ridership, open windows, and mandatory mask-wearing. We'll spend the week camped at the Grout Pond campground with water and a pit toilet. On our off day, we can tour historic Machester village and the surrounding area, or go hiking on Stratton Mountain on the AT/Long Trail. If that doesn't sound good we can also hike to Lye Brook Falls. This project requires a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a desire to get dirty.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.
Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
This project is rated as a active project.
Jun 6th - Jun 12th 2021
Trail maintenance & puncheon reconstruction
Hike the surrounding trails, visit White Rocks NRA, visit various ponds, photography
Tent camping in a campground
Active : ~1-mile daily hikes, bending, digging, lifting, hauling