Route 9, the major east-west travel corridor in southern Vermont, bisects the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area and brings you to the famous 100-mile view. On a clear day you will be rewarded with views of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Pull off and enjoy the scenery.
Stay a little longer and take a hike. Hogback offers a wealth of natural and scenic resources including the headwaters of the Green River watershed. It provides important wildlife habitat for a variety of mammals such as deer, porcupine, bobcat, black bear and moose. It also includes summer habitat for neotropical migrant birds such as the black-throated blue and black-throated green warblers.
Hogback Mountain is open year-round to the public for hiking, snow-shoeing and other low-impact recreation.
HMCA is a volunteer organization that works to support both education and recreation for community members and the public at large. Use the Contact Us button to sign up to receive our email bulletins so you can hear about guided hikes, volunteer days, and other events.
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Watch a video of our 2018 summer meeting talk: Moose in Vermont, with Scott Darling, Wildlife Management Program Manager for Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
The photo above was taken in Halifax in fall 2006 by Diana Todd.
High School Students
Earn Community Service Hours Out in the Woods
Join us for an afternoon building a bridge or a morning clearing the former ski slopes to create wildlife habitat, and you can count the hours towards the community service requirement you need to graduate. The Early Successional Habitat project typically hosts several half-day work parties each fall, and the Trail Committee has projects going on year round. No special skills are required, just a willingness to work outdoors.
Or donate your time tackling indoor projects, such as helping with the web site or digital file management. Indoor or out, drop us a line using the "contact us" button.
Fall 2020 bird banding project invites visitors, seeks helpers
Marlboro resident Eric Slayton is conducting a multi-year bird banding project on Hogback, capturing songbirds in mist nets during the spring and fall migrations. Ordinarily, HMCA would offer a public program to learn more about the project and observe the banding up close, but we're not holding any group gatherings for the foreseeable future. However, Eric welcomes visitors and is seeking volunteers to help capture, document, band, and release the birds this September and October. Volunteers can help out for a single morning or for the entire season, for example, as part of a college or high school independent research project. You can learn more about the project here. Contact Eric directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or arrange a visit. Read more about Eric's spring 2020 banding project here.
Biodiversity Inventory Completed
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Biologist Charley Eiseman recently completed a Biodiversity Inventory of the nearly 600-acre Hogback Mountain Conservation Area. He identified and mapped the natural communities, which include hardwood, softwood and mixed forests, and several types of wetland communities, including seeps, fens, swamps and marshes.
Eiseman periodically visited the Conservation Area from May 2018 to January 2019, and documented both flora and fauna. His report includes a 10-page tabulation of vascular plants he identified growing on site, from trees to wildflowers to ferns and mosses. The report also lists 11 amphibian/reptile species, 22 mammals, 80 birds, and close to a hundred insect species that use Hogback.
He found no rare, threatened, or endangered species, but did find several plants and one butterfly that are uncommon in Vermont. While a half-dozen or so invasive plant species were found, none of the infestations are widespread.
The Hogback Mountain Conservation Association will be working with the Town of Marlboro's Hogback Preservation Commission over the next year to update the Management Plan for the Conservation Area. This Biodiversity Inventory and its accompanying maps will be useful in identifying areas that need special protection as well as areas well-suited for recreational and other uses compatible with the conservation easement that governs allowable uses of the land.
Support the Work of HMCA
Help us continue to provide maps, maintain trails, offer guided hikes, preserve the historic sites, and improve habitat for wildlife by making a donation. Clicking the Donate button will take you to a Paypal page. You don't need to have a Paypal account to donate. HMCA is a 501(3)c non-profit, recognized by the IRS, so your donation is tax-deductible. You will receive an email acknowledgement of your contribution.
Another way to donate is to write a check made out to "Hogback Mountain Conservation Association" and mail it to:
Nancy Anderson, Treasurer
P.O. Box 20
Marlboro, VT 05344
We appreciate all the many different kinds of support we receive from the fans of Hogback, whether it is monetary support, participation in volunteer work days, or taking part in our free events on the mountain.