This news just came into my inbox...
The Catamount Trail Association (CTA) is one of five finalists for a $50,000 grant that could help secure some 90 miles of unprotected sections of the 300-mile-long ski trail.
Catamount Trail officials are asking skiers to <link http: www.catamounttrail.org external-link-new-window>visit their home page for a link to where they can vote for CTA. And you can add a vote every day! So, go on and use a disposable e-mail address from Yahoo or Hotmail and log in to vote!
These funds would be a huge boost to CTA's budget. Just think: Someday we could ski the entire length of Vermont without passing a snowmobile. Sweet.
According to CTA's e-newsletter:
"CTA will use the grant to conserve the remaining 90 miles of unprotected Catamount Trail. The specific project includes improving outreach to landowners, collaborating with local communities and partner organizations, negotiating trail easements with private landowners, and completing these important land transactions.
"This project will help guarantee 300 miles of non-motorized winter public access from one end of Vermont to the other. The goal of this project is to protect affordable, accessible opportunities to recreate in the backcountry of Vermont’s winter landscape."