Vermont Trail Ethic

The Vermont Trails and Greenways Council (VT&GC) is pleased to release the Vermont Trail Ethic, a set of 10 guidelines aimed at enhancing trails experiences for all trail users in Vermont.  The Trail Ethic is designed to unite all trail users, trail managers, and property owners in trail stewardship.  Vermont is a special place boasting a wide array of outdoor recreation activities; the trail ethic is one way to maintain the beauty and recreational opportunities of our trails for the future.

The Vermont Trail Ethic was developed by the Vermont Trail Collaborative. This effort began in 2009 with the goal of improving management and sustainability of trails and trail-related recreation on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) and throughout Vermont.  The Collaborative was an open forum with in-person meetings that occurred twice a year between 2009 and 2011.  Three working groups were developed to focus on stewardship and outreach, trail related science, and landscape management.  The Collaborative was sponsored by the Green Mountain National Forest and the Vermont Department of Forests Parks and Recreation, and was convened by the Vermont Tourism Data Center, an arm of UVM extension.   More information about the Vermont Trail Collaborative and the many resources created by the working groups is available online at http://www.uvm.edu/tourismresearch/trails

Make Your Own Trail Ethic Sign
(Click on this button and select the download link in the upper left corner of the PDF display to download your own sign file.)

The file will allow you to insert your organization’s name and contact information. You must use a PDF editing software, such as Preview (for Macs) or Adobe Reader (download it for free). Then you may print and post the Trail Ethic at a trailhead near you.

For additional Information contact:  Walter Opuszynski, Chair of the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council at walter@northernforestcanoetrail.org