Trail Preservation

Imagine how you might feel if you could no longer access your favorite trails....

GMHA is responding with a renewed commitment for open space planning and trail preservation

Gone are the days when it was commonly accepted to ride horses on open farmland and forestland without first asking for permission. Large family farms graced the countryside, often remaining for several generations. Among neighbors it was understood that the fields and woods could and should be shared and enjoyed with respect and gratitude. Sadly, decades of increased property turnover and development have changed that less complicated culture.

Loss of Open Space

A different physical and legal landscape now resides in Vermont. Family farms are few or nonexistent, and landowners are more inclined to be wary of uninvited visitors and protective of their boundaries. They are concerned about loss of privacy, misuse of and damage to their property, noise pollution from motorized vehicles, and liability issues. These are all legitimate concerns.

Adding to the loss of open space, an uncertain and struggling economy over the past few years has greatly increased the number of properties being placed on the market. These are often subdivided to hasten sales. The result is a further fragmented landscape of broken views and diminished trails and wildlife corridors. One by one, these instances contribute to a cumulative impact on the rural landscape that has no reversal.

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