MALT participates in Giving Tuesday, raises $2,782 for the TAM
On November 28, MALT linked arms with Addison County to conserve landscapes and inspire connection with our trails and lands. We raised over $2,500! This year, we dedicated our proceeds to the John Derick Conservation Internship. In summer 2018, MALT will offer a new, full time internship to a natural resource conservation student. The internship will focus on continuing the incredible service John has given to the TAM over many decades.
The intern will work side-by-side with John – documenting the seasonal needs of the TAM, servicing and maintaining the TAM, and implementing MALT’s new TAM Management Plan (coming winter 2018!). This internship will serve as a bridge between the work of John and the community of TAM users.
Dorothy is a junior and a member of the Middlebury College Mountain Club. She first met MALT at a trail work party on the TAM and has been hooked ever since. She’s from Weybridge and grew up walking stretches of the TAM with her family and dogs. Dorothy introduces herself here:
“Hello! My name is Dorothy Punderson and I’m a junior at Middlebury College studying Spanish and Biology. I’m also from Weybridge. Since I’m interested in environmental education and conservation and have been using the TAM my whole life, I’m excited to be working with MALT this fall! I’ll help create a TAM management plan, coordinate the annual meeting, and work on early phases of a new trail signage project for the TAM.”
Welcome to our new director, Jamie Montague
Click here: Addison Independent July 27, 2017
Middlebury College Mountain Club volunteers on the TAM
Six students from the Mountain Club volunteered with MALT’s long time Trails Coordinator, John Derick, on Saturday, October 7. They focused their efforts on the Class of ’97 trail, a highly used trail by students, faculty, staff, and community members. Thank you to the students for coming out!
Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is online:
Wright Park Habitat Restoration Project
If you were out in Wright Park on the TAM lately, you might have noticed a Brontosaurus brush cutter clearing an area that was growing up into thickets and forest. The Wright Park Habitat Restoration Project is a partnership with the Town of Middlebury and Audubon Vermont with support from the Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District and the US Fish and Wildlife Partners Program. The project is an effort to enhance and create early successional shrubland habitat for priority bird species in the Champlain Valley. These species include Golden-winged Warblers, Eastern Towhee, and Brown Thrasher. As part of this work trees will be removed in portions of the park to maintain the open shrubland habitat. In addition invasive plant species will be removed allowing native shrub species such as dogwoods and viburnums to predominate. Bird monitoring efforts will be undertaken to assess the impacts of the restoration work on priority bird species.
ONGOING: Marsh, Meadow, and Grassland Wildlife Walks
MALT and Otter Creek Audubon Society invite you to join us in surveying birds and wildlife of Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland.
Where: Start at Otter View Park parking lot in Middlebury
When: The 2nd Saturday of ever month from 8:00 – 11:00 am
Please note: Shorter and longer routes possible. The primary walking path at OVP is universally accessible. Wear appropriate clothes and footwear for the conditions, including boots if necessary.
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