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Equinox Preservation Trust Gives Community Early Christmas Present

December 2007 - Just in time for the holidays, the board of the Equinox Preservation Trust (EPT) has given the community and its visitors a most useful gift. On Dec. 7, informational kiosks were erected at the two entrances to the Equinox Preserve to welcome all trail users.

The rough hewn wood structures are lean-to shaped and hold a bench on one side, useful for donning skis or snowshoes, or simply for a brief rest. The back wall of the kiosks displays an enlarged version of the Preserve trail map and photo panel. The panel depicts examples of the Preserve’s flora and fauna, along with information on the Preserve’s ecology. It advises visitors about trail etiquette and what activities are allowed within the Preserve. Pocket-sized trail maps are available at each kiosk.

There is a Special Events bulletin board for posting information about scheduled naturalist programs and youth camps in the Preserve, conducted by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS). Preserve users will have access to “Mutt Mitts” at each kiosk, for cleaning up after their dogs while using the trail system. Steps will be constructed on the W. Union entrance kiosk in the spring.

EPT Board members Joe Charbonneau, Tim Madden and Geoffrey Woodward oversaw the design, construction and installation of the new kiosks this fall. The kiosks were designed by Landworks, Middlebury, VT. Construction was done off site by Wood & Wood Sign Systems of Waitsfield, VT, which also handled the installation, assisted by a crane and operator from Dorr Oil, Manchester, and a crew from the Equinox Resort. Johnny White of L. White Construction in Danby did the site work.

The Equinox Preserve contains over 11 miles of marked and maintained trails along the east side of Mt. Equinox. The trail system is open to non-motorized recreation year-round, and provides access to over 900 acres of woodlands noted for their significant ecological diversity and value.








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