Last week Gov, Phil Scott announced the creation of the
Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaorative, a panel of state officials,
business owners and non-profit leaders.
To learn more about the VOREC see
LVRT Project Manager Shane Prisby was appointed to the 15-member task force. Shane joined the VAST staff in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing construction and maintenance of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The VOREC is an effort to bolster economic activity around outdoor recreation in Vermont.
Our goal is to make the LVRT the #1 year-round tourist attraction in the state of Vermont. With one third of the trail completed, it is already benefitting our local economy by attracting tourists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts from outside the state, as well as from other countries.
The 1st Annual Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Bike-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, May 27th. It is a fundraiser with the goal of raising $3,000 for three great causes: Friends of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, American Legion, Cambridge Post - Mt. Mansfield Post #35 and the Cambridge Area Rotary Club and Foundation.
Participants will ride their bikes on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail to raise money! It's free and participants can register as individuals or as a team. The event will start at the Cambridge Junction trailhead in Jeffersonville, Vermont and offers riders 3 courses of various lengths.
Cambridge Junction Trailhead, Jeffersonville, VT - When: 9:00am,
Saturday, May 27th. To learn
more and to register, go to
With the construction of Bridge 68 underway, it is important to note that there may be an impact on river traffic down the Lamoille River. Paddlers should be aware that the contractor will be building causeways into the river and that there will be periodic overhead work. The bridge has been partially removed and the existing spans are structurally unsound. The current schedule has the contractor removing the existing spans and wooden piers in mid-June. Paddlers coming down the river should stay on the north side of the stone center pier and not pass under the existing bridge spans.
The only anticipated restriction of traffic through the worksite will be when the new bridge spans are being set. This work is currently slated for the first week in August. We will issue updates as we get closer to that point. It is important to be safe on the river and follow any instructions given by work crews.
Christine Pepe of Morrisville had the winning ticket for the raffle of two hybrid bicycles. The raffle wrapped up on Sunday May 7th at Earl’s Cyclery’s annual Bike Swap in South Burlington. Christine and her husband Chuck are proprietors of Muddy Moose a log cabin lodging establishment on Cote Hill Rode in Morrisville. Since 2012, this establishment with 5 miles of hiking trails, just across the Lamoille River from the LVRT has attracted outdoor enthusiasts from across the country that are attracted to the area by the increasing diversity of year-round recreational opportunities in the area, including the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
We are grateful to Earl’s for their generous donation that raised $3000 for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Conversion of the former railroad corridor to a 93-mile four-season recreation trail is continuing this year with replacement of “Bridge 68” across the Lamoille River at Cambridge Junction.