April 25, 2017

Town plans to reroute flooded Mud Pond trails

Aug. 26, 2010

Flooding from beaver activity has made some of the trails in the Mud Pond Conservation and Recreation Area impassable. The town is working on a plan to reroute the trail to the north of the flooding.

Beaver activity has flooded some trails in the Mud Pond Conservation and Recreational Area, but the town is working to plan a rerouted trail.

“We’re trying to find a way to divert that by making a trail that goes to the north of Mud Pond,” Town Planner Jessica Andreoletti said.

Currently, there is a path that leads in approximately half a mile to the pond from Mud Pond Road, off South Road. The trail connects with a loop in the adjacent Mud Pond Country Park, across South Road.

The Five Tree Hill Trail is on the other side of the flooding, and can currently only be accessed from Oak Hill Road.

Since the area is conserved, the beaver cannot be trapped or killed, Andreoletti said. Workers can remove dams less than two years old, but the beaver just keeps rebuilding them, she said.

The Conservation Commission has some funds for trail maintenance, which could cover the cost of structures that need to be built, but not workers. Andreoletti said the town will probably look for volunteers to help reroute the trail.

The trail will likely be rerouted sometime next year, Andreoletti said.

— Stephanie Choate, Observer staff


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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