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Mascoma Valley Trails – Next Mission!

December 23, 2009

Greetings Trails Enthusiasts,
 
It is wonderful to be hearing from so many community members who are interested in promoting non-motorized trail access to the Mascoma Valley. I certainly look forward to working with you and hearing more ideas regarding trails as we move forward with the Mascoma Trails Project.
 
Our next mission will be to share knowledge of GPS use so we can make short work of mapping out the trails in the Mascoma Valley that are open for non-motorized recreation.  As you may know, the UVTA is in the process of uploading trail data from trails in the entire Upper Valley onto a Trail Finder online program. It will be very similar to the program used by Local Motion in the Burlington area. Check out their trail finder at www.localmotion.org/trails/ and get excited about helping to create a similar tool for the Upper Valley (including the Mascoma region!).  Our goal is to offer GPS trainings for the Mascoma Region in January so that folks can start right away on mapping their favorite trails.
Visit UVHEAL at uvheal.org often to find out the dates of upcoming Mascoma Trails Project events or send me your email address and I’ll email you what is in the works. My email is saracoons@gmail.com.

FYI-below are the 5 priorities for the overall Mascoma Trails Project.  Let me know what you think!
1. Hosting a trails forum
2. Supporting initiatives that connect schools with trails and pathways
3. Promoting “benefits of trails” to Mascoma officials
4. Hosting 1+ public trails events, focusing on health and celebrating trails
5. Coordinate with Friends of the Northern Rail Trail to increase perception of rail trail as a route to valid destinations

Sara “…spend time turning things you want to do into things you’ve
done…”

— Submitted by Sara Coons, Mascoma River Valley Trails Project Coordinator, UVTA

Thanks to the UVHEAL partnership for making this work possible

Upper Valley Healthy Eating Active Living Partnership

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