FELLOWSHIP OF THE WHEEL &
THE ROCK POINT AND ARMS FOREST COALITION
A Community Partnership balancing Conservation and Public Access
The Fellowship of the Wheel is proud to announce a partnership with the Rock Point and Arms Forest Coalition. Our shared goal is the long-term conservation of an ecological treasure comprising Rock Point and Arms Forest on the Burlington waterfront. The Fellowship supports the ecological scoping study and community input process that will determine the future uses of these lands. Should the assessments determine that the Arms Park area is favorable for a multi-use trail system, our goal as a partner is to bring our experience in trail sustainability and land stewardship to the Arms Forest while making outdoor recreation accessible to more diverse groups of people, especially with regard to ability, age and location.
Currently, the Arms Forest trail system is used by local residents for walking, running and biking, but there is no formalized public access and signage is minimal. In addition, there are rogue trails in need of re-routing or closure that currently infringe on some rare natural communities of plant and animal species. By utilizing sustainable trail practices and educational measures such as interpretive signage and mapping, the Fellowship aims to aid in the long-term stewardship, protection, and enjoyment of Arms Park.
A possible outcome is that driving to a trailhead will no longer be a requirement to access multi-use trails for Burlington residents. This project will also benefit local businesses who may use this recreational asset as a draw for recruiting employees from outside the area, as it adds a valuable and much-needed recreational trail network to the city of Burlington.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The Coalition is close to its goal of raising approximately $900,000 needed for the purchase of property, conservation easements, educational signage and upgraded trail infrastructure, but there is still approximately $40,000 more to raise for this project. Fortunately, we have an anonymous donor who will match dollar for dollar every new donation given to help us reach our goal! This is exciting news for all of us involved in this wonderful project, and will make our final push to the end of the campaign much easier. This project will benefit the current natural community of plants and animals that live within Arms Forest and Rock Point as well as the lives of those who live and work in Burlington by providing access to recreational and educational opportunities in an urban wilderness. Please consider a generous donation and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have your contribution doubled.
To donate, visit the “Donate” link on http://www.parksfoundationburlington.org and select “Fellowship of the Wheel” when making a donation.
Public press release: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Press/rock-point-and-arms-forest-coalition-goal-conserve-and-steward-with-improved-public-access-for
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