In Vermont, at the local mountain, Mount Ascutney, the public are being asked to offer their input on a new management plan of the Mount Ascutney Park. The 20 year plan for the 3,100-acre state park would make changes to bike trails, parking lots, protocols for managing invasive species, and protecting natural areas.
The plan had been delayed due to a number of other projects but this turned out to be a positive thing as the controversial areas of the plan were able to be worked out with more time being available.
Once the bike trail portion of the plan are complete, they will connect to a total of 35 miles of mountain bike trails in the state park. This plan would also make changes as to how the two endangered species, timber rattlesnakes and peregrine falcons, are managed and to find out the number of these species currently living in the area.
The Mount Ascutney State Park was purchased back in 1935 by the State of Vermont and is open every year from May to October, offering a road to the summit to take in the surrounding area.