St. Albans, VT – August 2014
The St. Albans Recreation Reserve Trail Sustainability and Management Plan (Hard’ack and Aldis Hill trails) was prepared at the request of Friends of Northern Lake Champlain on behalf of the St. Albans Recreation Reserve Steering Committee and in cooperation with Franklin Mountain Bike Club (local VMBA chapter), Hard’ack Inc., and St. Albans City School. The project consisted of an inventory and assessment of current trail conditions (according to USFS Trail Class Matrix) and subsequent recommendations to reduce current and future erosion and off trail impacts, while increasing recreational enjoyment for the diversity of trail users.
A group of 7th and 8th graders from St. Albans took part in the early stages of the project, assisting with the organization and distribution of user surveys to help inform the recommendations, as well as taking part in learning about and collecting trail condition data. See this website to learn more about: Stewardship At St. Albans City School.
The final St. Albans Recreation Reserve Trail Sustainability and Management Plan lays out recommendations to improve the sustainability of trail sections by way of reconstruction, re-routes, closures and new trails which will lead to greater enjoyment of the entire network. A phased construction plan and cost estimate was included, with recommendations for signage location and costs, labor, required permits and other guidance to bring the project into a successful construction phase in 2015/16.