Top officials in Vermont are renewing their plea to people across the state to remain vigilant about potential threats from ticks this summer. A VYCC Crew in Woodstock helps explain how to stay safe!
Blood pressure? Check. Cholesterol? Check. Pasture-raised chicken?For most of us, the first two are what we expect from a visit to our primary care doctor’s office . . . but here in Vermont, on any given day, you might just find a farmer’s market outside your primary care medical home.
Life is good in the Owls Head Town Forest in Dorset, but for a group of teens working there, that doesn't mean it's easy.Four teens, ranging in age from 15 to 18, are finishing out what amounts to a month-long camping trip in the forest.But instead of spending their days swimming in quarries or lounging in hammocks they're swinging sledgehammers to break rocks and clear trails to make the path to the top easier for those seeking only a view at the top.
The public will soon have easier access to the Hoosic River with a newly-cleared trail.The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is working to clear a trail along the river in town for hikers and walkers, in an effort to provide more recreation opportunities in the area.
In June, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)’s was honored by the Woodstock community with the Annette Compton Fiertz Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals or organizations that advance the Woodstock Trails Partnership goals of trail stewardship, outreach and education, volunteerism, and partnership development that supports and enhances the Woodstock trail network.
The Woodstock Crew proudly showed Congressman Welch their work this summer, the tools they have learned to use, and the learning that surrounds a VYCC project---leave no trace, nature of the day, the impacts of climate change, and more. The crew explained about how they have to work as a team, how the work is challenging but that they get to see the impact it makes and that they know it will last a long time. Congressman Welch shared with the crew that he often hikes or runs on trails and knows that a lot of work goes into it, but it makes it all that more real to see a crew in action.