Renegade Glade Cutters In Vermont Have Gotten Out Of Control

Renegade Glade Cutters In Vermont Have Gotten Out Of Control

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Renegade Glade Cutters In Vermont Have Gotten Out Of Control

“I come across trails that were narrow trails 20 years ago and they’ve been widened into elephant paths. We can love this place to death.” – Bill Menning

It’s no big secret that some backcountry skiers like to “improve” their natural surroundings by removing a pesky branch or two for an unimpeded trip down after earning their turns but some Vermont forest-habitat specialists are concerned the practice known as “glade-ing” has gotten out of control.

The Burlington Free Press reports that at a public meeting in Huntington on Wednesday a collaboration between forest experts and backcountry skiers was proposed to encourage informed sustainable glade-ing:

“We need to include foresters and wildlife biologists. It makes much more sense than having a bunch of renegades out there cutting secret glades — but not necessarily knowing what they’re doing; not knowing the difference between a striped maple or a sugar maple.”

If you yourself are a renegade backcountry glade cutter, please do so responsibly so we can preserve  fragile habitats and have fun in a sustainable manner.

***Bonus Video About Vermont Backcountry Ski Scene***

 

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