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PMA Closes on Western Slope Project
March 22, 2018 was a good day for PMA! After over two years of planning, fund-raising, and more than one bump on the way, PMA closed on two properties, totaling 161 acres, on the western side of Putney Mountain and Windmill Ridge. We then placed a conservation easement on it with the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. The land is protected from development, forever. Public access to our West Cliff Trail which crosses the property as part of a 38 mile trail system is ensured, and important wildlife habitat and movement corridor is preserved.
The land is steep and entirely forested. Streams drain from the slopes into Grassy Brook in Brookline. A sizable vernal pool is used by wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and other amphibians to reproduce. This summer we will be flagging a new trail which, when built over the next two years, will provide shorter and easier access to the summit from the Brookline side.
This project was made possible by our many generous PMA members and supporters who once again rallied to the cause, and by critical grants from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Davis Conservation Fund, William Wharton Trust, and Open Space Institute’s Resilient Landscape Initiative, which is made possible with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. We thank you all. We are especially grateful to the Vermont Land Trust who worked with us helping to raise the funds to purchase and conserve this land.
Wildlife Tracking with BEEC’s Patti Smith
Saturday, February 3rd at 1 pm
Putney Central School Forest
N.B. This program is a postponement of January 27th program due to snow conditions. Check iPutney or this page closer to Feb. 3rd for possible cancellation due to poor tracking conditions.
Join Patti Smith, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center naturalist and master tracker, for a walk through the Putney Central School’s wet meadows, stream banks and forest to discover how wildlife are using this varied winter landscape. Snow reveals the presence and activities of wildlife that remain elusive much of the year. With Patti’s help we will discuss the art and essence of interpreting their tracks and signs. We are hoping to find tracks of weasel, coyote, mink, foxes and perhaps a bobcat. Patti is an excellent and engaging teacher for all ages. If the snow is deep, you may want to bring snowshoes. This event is co-sponsored by the Putney Conservation Commission, the Putney Mountain Association, and BEEC.
Directions: Putney Central School is located at 184 Westminster Road (just south West Hill Road). From Route 5: Turn west at the Putney General Store onto Kimball Hill/Westminster Road. Turn right just before you reach the school building. Follow the signs to the Putney Pool, and park in the pool parking lot.
“Living With Bears”
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Putney Community Center
10 Christian Square
The purpose of the talk is to increase awareness about bears, their habits, and needs, and to help Vermonters better coexist with them.
All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, September 14, 7:00-8:30 PM
The Compass School,
7892 US 5, Westminster, VT
Well-known author, teacher, and nature activist David Sobel will discuss why children need to play outside in nature for their own well-being and for their future stewardship of the earth. Presented by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association; co-sponsored by The Nature Museum, Putney Mountain Association, and Windham Regional Woodlands Association; with program support by the Bellows Falls and Springfield Rotary Clubs.
At Compass School, 7892 US-5, Westminster, VT. See poster here or read more here.