2018 Putney Mountain Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
First Place: “In The Woods” by Michael Fleming, Brattleboro, VT
Second Place: “Here, Now” by B. Morrison, Brattleboro, VT
Third Place: “Birchbark” by Ed Burke, Brattleboro, VT
Thanks to the many, people people who submitted poems! Thanks to Seth Landman of the Putney School for judging the final round. And big thanks to Antidote Books of Putney, VT for doing so much to make the contest great. The winning poem is on display at the summit kiosk on Putney Mountain, and letterpress broadside prints of the winning poems are available at Antidote Books.
Saturday October 13th, starting at 10 AM and ending at 2 PM (times depend upon the route taken).
Come help us celebrate The Windmill Ridge Nature Reserve and Trail. Leaders from Putney Mountain Association and Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association will guide hikers on different routes to converge upon the site of the ancient windmill that inspired the names for Windmill Mountain, Windmill Hill, and Windmill Ridge. Hikers will learn about the Five Corners, the early ridgeline settlement there, and the history of the ridge and its conservation. Come celebrate that combined and continuing conservation effort! Participants should bring water, snack, and a bag lunch. Because of necessary carpooling to and from different trailheads, registration is required for this free hike.
Map with meeting locations here!
For information and registration contact Elizabeth Bissell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-387-4587. Further details about routes, terrain, and meeting locations will be posted closer the date. Rain date is Sunday October 14.
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PMA Closes on Western Slope Project
High on newly acquired Nicholson parcel
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.
Enjoying a hike on our newly conserved land, from left: Nancy Everhart, of Vermont Housing & Conservation Board; Dan Healey, Geordie Heller, and Pat Shields from Putney Mountain Association, and Allaire Diamond from Vermont Land Trust.
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.