Westmore Town Forest Project

The Westmore Town Forest on Peene Hill Road came about through the efforts of the late Paul Moffat, a long time resident and dedicated member of the Westmore Association. The trails are in need of repair and maintenance, and the Westmore Association submitted a grant proposal to Vermont’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Luke O’Brien, Melissa Zebrowski (Westmore Town Clerk), and the staff at the North Woods Stewardship Center (NWSC) provided invaluable help. The proposal detailed the needed work, which totals $14,690.

The WA proposal, like two-thirds of all proposals submitted to the RTP, did not receive funding. While the Association is disappointed in the decision, we remain determined to see that the work gets done. Therefore, the Association has pledged $7,500 toward the project, and is launching a drive to secure the remainder.

Please help match the Association’s pledge by making a contribution to the Westmore Association, with “Town Forest Project” in the memo line. The work will begin in late July, and will provide many opportunities for volunteer involvement.

Here is a brief description of the project.

A North Woods Conservation Corps Youth Crew will complete the work in the summer of 2019.
*Replace five log bridges
*Restore two rock staircases and control erosion on the Backloop Trail
*Remove brush and widen the trail corridor

NWSC crews work with hand tools and use the trail standards outlined in the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance; the Student Conservation Association’s Lightly on the Land: The SCA Trail Building and Maintenance Manual, and the US Forest Service’s Trail Construction and Maintenance Guide.