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The Vermont River Conservancy has recently conserved several properties at the confluence of the Nulhegan River and its East Branch in in Vermont’s Northeasrt Kingdom (see map). We are now using these lands to pilot a hut and trail system that will provide new opportunities for nature-based tourism and recreation in Vermont. We have partnered with the Yestermorrow Design-Build School to construct a 14’x18’ timber framed ‘hut.’ Students enrolled in a summer timber framing class built the hut’s frame, which was then assembled with the help of over sixteen volunteers. Through a series of additional volunteer days, wall sheathing, a roof, windows and doors have been installed. We anticipate over 400 hours of volunteer support for this project! When complete, the hut will include a small kitchen, a sleeping loft, a screen porch, deck, a mouldering privy, and auxiliary camping areas. It will be insulated and have a wood stove for winter use. Designed for use by hikers, paddlers, and skiers, paths on the property also provide access to the Nulhegan Rivers. Trails include a new portage route for Northern Forest Canoe Trail users, as well as a take-out for whitewater enthusiasts running the Class III Nulhegan gorge.
We expect the hut to be ready to use by the summer of 2017. Those interested in the project should contact ">Noah Pollock
For a map of the project site, click here
For a photo album, click here
This project is made possible through grants from the Tillotson Foundation, the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, the Vermont Recreational Trails Grant program, the TransCanada Foundation, and contributions from private donors.