Greensboro Trail Effort Gets Grants

by Emmett Avery

GREENSBORO – The Greensboro Conservation Commission recently received a Tiny Grant from the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions. The grant is for $600 and will be part of the local contribution required by a much larger grant received by the Greensboro Land Trust from the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) this past spring.

The land trust will use the $12,000 NVDA grant to work on the Porter Brook Trail, the Barr Hill Nature Preserve trail system, and add signage connecting the Porter Brook Trail to Barr Hill.

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions’ Tiny Grant program “provides seed money or matching funds to conservation commissions for specific land conservation, education and outreach, stewardship and management, and planning activities,” according to the organization’s press release. Greensboro is one of nine Vermont towns to receive such a grant this year.

Clive Gray, a member of the Greensboro Conservation Commission and chair of the Greensboro Land Trust, said in a phone interview Monday that the Tiny Grant will be part of the twenty percent local match required for the NVDA grant. Some of the remaining local funds will come from the land trust and some from labor donated by people working on the trail by the Highland Lodge, Gray said.

According to a summary of the land trust project provided by Gray, the plan is to replace Porter Brook Trail’s bridge over the brook, provide signage along the trail from Highland Lodge to Barr Hill’s Mossy Trial, install a railing on one of the Barr Hill trails, and rehab the mountain panoramas on Barr Hill. The person who engraved the original panoramas still has the designs, according to the summary, so the same plans will be used to create a new set of more durable metal plates to take the place of the currently deteriorated wooden engravings.

Gray said that the grant money is available for a year, but the land trust hopes to finish the work this fall.

“Highland Lodge has told us that there are a lot of people at Highland Lodge who would love to hike up to Barr Hill, but they have never known how to get there – they have never seen signs showing them how to go,” Clive said. “This will enable, we think, quite a few more people to hike up to Barr Hill.”

Erika Karp, chair of the Greensboro Conservation Commission, said that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the commission has been relatively inactive recently.