As part of the fundraising campaign to purchase the exceptional Nordic and backcountry terrain next to the Bolton Valley resort, the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry (FOBVNB) and Vermont Land Trust have been coming up with a variety of special events. I attended a meeting this week and I can share a few of the events to look forward to this summer.
Some of the events strive to get more people familiar with this beautiful piece of land, which is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Other events are fun fundraising events.
FOBVNB member Liz Lee offers a series of bird walks on the Bolton property this summer. Upcoming dates include: Sunday, May 20, Friday, June 8, and Saturday, July 21, from 7:30-10 a.m. each morning. The two-mile birding walks cover a variety of habitats. Space is limited and preregistration is required; contact <link mail>firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIOLOGY AND WILDLIFE WALKS
Bolton Biology and Bolton Wildlife walks are also being planned for this summer. Details to come soon.
RACE TO THE TOP OF VERMONT
The Catamount Trail Association's "North Face Race to the Top of Vermont" event will be Sunday, August 26. CTA has selected the Bolton campaign as a beneficiary of the event this year, so racers to the top of Mt. Mansfield can raise money for the project by asking their friends and family to sponsor their participation. Racers who raise $100 or more in sponsorship pledges will receive an "I Raced to the Top for Bolton Backcountry!" t-shirt; those who raise $250 or more in pledges will be entered in a raffle to win a very special prize. Visit <link http: www.catamounttrail.org external-link-new-window>www.catamounttrail.org to register.
Stay in the loop when it comes to this year-long campaign to save the Bolton Nordic and Backcountry Land! Visit <link http: www.vlt.org initiatives active-community-projects bolton external-link-new-window>this page on the Vermont Land Trust website and sign up to be on their email list.
Read up on the story behind this campaign and why it's important to save this land from being sold to an individual or developer. <link http: www.skimaven.com post vermont-land-trust-steps-in-to-help-skiers-hikers-protect-bolton-valleys-nordic-and-backcountry-l external-link-new-window>Read this blog post.
Hermit Thrush photo courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife.