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Help put a shine on a Vermont winter gem: the Catamount Trail

A Catamount Trail marker that is nearly buried in last winter's snow

Looks like it will be a cool but rather sunny weekend here in northern Vermont. October is a nice month to get out onto the trails and hey, while you are at it, perhaps you'd consider working a bit on your favorite section of the Catamount Trail?

Maintaining 300 miles of trail is not an easy task. If you enjoy working in the woods and have some time to spare, please join CTA volunteers in their annual effort to clear the Catamount Trail of blow-downs, branches and brush.

The CTA says: "Bring a friend, sneak a peek at some of our great new re-routes, and give back to the trails you enjoy."

Here's the schedule. Check the <link http: www.catamounttrail.org external-link-new-window>Catamount Trail Association Web site to confirm dates and make contact with the organizers.

Saturday, October 4, 9am
Natural Turnpike (Ripton/Lincoln)

Sunday, October 5, 9am
Natural Turnpike (Ripton/Lincoln)

Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, 8:30am
Route 17-Huntington Gap (Waitsfied/Huntington)

Saturday, October 18
Rutland City Forest (Mendon)

Saturday, October 25, 9am  (rain date 10/26/08)
Somerset Dam to Kelly Stand Road (Dover/Stratton)

Saturday, October 25, 9am (rain date 10/26/08)
Tin Shanty to Great Roaring Brook (Shrewsbury/Mendon)

Saturday, October 25, 8:30am
Route 17-Huntington Gap (Waitsfied/Huntington)

Sunday, October 26, 9am  
French Hollow Road to Rte 11 (Manchester/Peru/Bondville)
*Ask about dinner for all volunteers and accommodations for those traveling from a distance.

Monday, October 28, 9am  
French Hollow Road to Rte 11 (Manchester/Peru/Bondville)
*Ask about dinner for all volunteers and accommodations for those traveling from a distance.
This workday will be on an as needed basis, please call to confirm.

Tuesday October 28, 9am
French Hollow Road to Rte 11 (Manchester/Peru/Bondville)
*Ask about dinner for all volunteers and accommodations for those traveling from a distance.
This workday will be on an as needed basis, please call to confirm.

Saturday, November 1, 9am
Lincoln Gap to Mad River Barn (Warren/Waitsfield)

Saturday, November 1, 9am
Route 9 to Somerset Dam (Wilmington/Searsburg)

Saturday, November 1, 10am
Huntington Gap to Camel's Hump Road (Huntington)

Saturday, November 1, 10am (rain date 11/2/08)
Farm Resort to Route 15 (Morrisville/Elmore/Wolcott)

Sunday November 2, 9am
Jay Pass to Hazen's Notch (Jay/Montgomery)

Sunday, November 2, 8:30 am
Lincoln Gap Road (Lincoln/Warren)

Sunday, November 9, 9am
Route 11 to Landgrove (Peru/Landgrove)

Saturday, November 15
MA Border to Route 9 (Readsboro)

Saturday, November 15, 9am (rain date 11/16/08)
Landgrove to Greendale (Peru/Landgrove/Weston)

Saturday, December 6
MA Border to Route 9 (Readsboro)

Saturday, December 6
Kendall Farm to Kelly Stand Road (Stratton/Winhall)

Saturday December 6, 10am (rain date 12/7/08)
Farm Resort to Route 15 (Morrisville/Elmore/Wolcott)
  
Blueberry Hill to Natural Turnpike (Goshen, Ripton, Lincoln)
If you are interested in helping in this area, contact Andy McIntosh to make arrangements.

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