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EPT Announces New Web Site


The Equinox Preservation Trust (EPT) has gone on line with its fully revamped web site, www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org.   The interactive site is designed to provide up-to-date program information and educational background on the history and ecology of the 914-acre nature preserve on the side of Mt. Equinox . 

The EPT web site houses a fully interactive trail map that provides detailed information on each segment of the 11-mile recreational trail network that runs through the Preserve to the Southern Vermont Arts Center and to the summit of Mt. Equinox .  It gives such details as length, degree of difficulty, and activities permitted on each.   The map may also be downloaded.  Trail use etiquette and permitted uses are spelled out as well.

The site’s home page welcomes browsers with a slide show of the Preserve’s varied flora and fauna, with additional photos posted throughout the site’s pages.  Site visitors can learn about the mission and history of the Preserve, and a key section describes the unique ecology that has lead to efforts to preserve these significant mountain lands at the edge of town. 

EPT oversees the management of the Preserve, with hands-on trail maintenance and preservation activities handled by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS).  VINS conducts regular naturalist programs in the Preserve.  The VINS program schedule along with EPT news releases are posted and will be updated regularly.  Additionally, the site provides links to key partners in EPT’s preservation work – the land’s owner, The Equinox Resort, conservation organizations The Vermont Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and VINS, and the Town of Manchester ’s web site. 

The new web site was designed and activated by Jonathan Gicewicz, J.E.G. Design, Inc., Rutland, under the direction of EPT board members Geoffrey Woodward, Taft Design, Manchester, and Kathe Dillmann, KADI Communications, Manchester . 

Said Woodward, “We had an old site that just sat there and never was completed.  Our goal was to make the site both exciting and educational.  I foresee school kids using the site for environmental and natural science projects.  It is EPT’s mission to educate the public on the value of preserving such lands, and the new web site helps us move forward on that mission.”

Dillmann added, “This can be a helpful resource for marketing the greater Manchester area.  When we can direct people to this site, we can show them the great natural beauty of this expansive, free recreational area that residents and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy year-round.”








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