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PLANT WALK ON HOGBACK MOUNTAIN, MARLBORO VT

SATURDAY AUG 24, 2024 10 am-noon

Allison Turner (PhD, Pharmacognosy) Will be leading a plant walk identifying the lower-growing plants at the edges of forest and in nearby fields. We will see native and non-native plants, invasive and possibly rare specimens. Allison will explain the medicinal used for several local plants, both according to folklore and modern science. This will be an easy walk, as we will be stopping every few feet to look at a new plant.

 

Meet at the Tower Trail trailhead kiosk, behind and to the right of the Vermont Distillers building at 7755 VT Route 9. Plenty of parking across Rte. 9 in the large parking lot. Registration is required as space is limited; sign up by email to hmca@hogbackvt.org. The event is co-sponsored by the Windham Regional Woodland Association and the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association, and is free and open to the public.

BIRD MONITORING SPRING 2024

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Bird Monitoring at Hogback enters its 5th Season in May 2024, thanks to the dedication of Eric Slayton and help from volunteers. During parts of May and possibly June they will be mist netting, banding birds and recording data.  If you would like to find out more information or sign up, please contact Eric at eric.slayton@me.com. No experience is needed.

 

Cedar wax wing - Fall 2023 Bird Banding Project

Photo courtesy of Nancy Tognan

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Trail Maintenance
In Progress

 

Photo By Bob Anderson

 

Tuning up the trails is in progress - cutting fallen trees blocking the trails, lopping overhanging branches, and weed whacking the weeds and new shoots on the trails.  We are happy to report that the north side kiosks are once again visible, thanks to the trail crew.  A side benefit to this work can be the discovery of useful or interesting information–an invasive plant that requires removal, moose scat reaffirming their presence in the conservation area, perhaps a jack-in-the pulpit.
 
WANT TO HELP CLEAR & TRIM TRAILS? OR HIKE AT LEISURE TO MONITOR AND REPORT CONDITION OF TRAILS? Get in touch by email at hmca@hogbackvt.org.

 

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MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE FOR THE CONSERVATION AREA NOW UNDERWAY
 
 

It’s been thirteen years since the conservation area was created and the first plan for managing the use of the nearly 600 acres was drafted.  In that time, people of all ages and with a wide variety of different interests have enjoyed the trails and slopes.  Wildlife seems to be thriving, and the forest is healthy.  The existing approach to managing the land seems to be working.  Why the update? One reason is that just before covid, we had a year-long study done by naturalist Charley Eiseman, who produced a Biodiversity Inventory covering both flora and fauna.  This report gives us new insight into questions such as “Are there any special plants or animals in the conservation area that deserve special protection?”  Another reason is the development of new technologies, such as drones and e-bikes, that hadn’t been considered when the first plan was written. The Hogback Management Plan Update Committee (HMPUC) is currently working on collecting questions, concepts and ideas to consider during the update.  Public input will be formally sought later this year via surveys and public presentations, but in the meantime, members of the public are welcome at all HMPUC meetings, which are held in hybrid Zoom/in-person format, meeting at the Marlboro Town Office on the 2ndand 4th Wednesday of the month, at 7:30 pm.  Agendas and Minutes can be found on the town website on the Hogback Preservation Commission page.  The Zoom link is in the Agenda.

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