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Celebrate National Trails Day at Equinox Preserve June 6th
For immediate release Contact: Kathe Dillmann 362-1667 Celebrate National Trails Day June 6 in the Equinox Preserve The Equinox Preservation Trust board of directors invites the public to join in celebrating National Trails Day, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Equinox Preserve in Manchester Village. In addition to enjoying over 11 miles of marked and maintained woodland trails, the EPT board is organizing a series of educational programs that day to celebrate the importance of local land conservation. Equinox Preserve is managed by the EPT Board and by local staff of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), which is organizing the day’s programs. Trails Day celebrants will have opportunities to take a guided wildflower walk, participate in a “Leave No Trace” workshop, learn about invasive plant species control and about opportunities to volunteer in maintaining the Preserve trails and its outstanding varied natural wildlife communities. The preliminary schedule for National Trails Day events in the Equinox Preserve include: 10-11:30 a.m. Wildflower & Bird Walk with VINS naturalist and The Bird Place representative Noon-1 p.m. Forest management and invasive species walk with Alan Calfee of Calfee Woodland Management.. Learn how The Equinox Preservation Trust has taken bold, proactive actions to restore the native ecosystems on their lands by controlling invasive plants. 1-2:30 p.m. Leave No Trace Awareness workshop with VINS director Rick LaDue. Learn the appropriate ways to enjoy the great outdoors while leaving minimal human impact on the landscape. Representatives of other conservation organizations such as The Green Mountain Club, The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust, local outdoor outfitters Eastern Mountain Sports and The Mountain Goat and The Bird Place are expected to join EPT and VINS in hosting National Trails Day activities in the Equinox Preserve. The programs will be held, rain or shine, around the pavilion at Equinox Pond, accessed via trails at either entrance to the Preserve, off Prospect Street in the Village. For a map and parking locations, visit www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org. Visitors are encouraged to park either at the Equinox Hotel and follow signs to the Red Gate entrance, or behind Burr and Burton Academy at W. Union Street, as the Red Gate parking area is expected to fill early. Easiest access to Equinox Pond is via Flatlanders Trail, approximately one half mile in length. Kiosks at both entrances also provide trail maps and educational materials. The Equinox Preserve is comprised of over 900 acres of preserved forest lands that include perhaps the premiere example of northern hardwood forests in New England. The unique topography of the Preserve lands include rare and varied plants and wildlife, diversified woodlands, marble ledges, springs, wetlands and pond. Several outlook areas provide exceptional views of the Battenkill Valley and greater Manchester. Full details of the day’s program will be posted at the entrance kiosks and on the EPT web site, www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org or call the VINS office in Manchester, 362-4374.