• 30 Nov 2016 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    VTGC Promotes a New Landowner Agreement

    For two years VMBA has been working with Forests Parks & Recreation (FPR) on a 10-year access agreement. Traditionally, if a trail organization used public funding for a private land project a 10-year easement was required. For many landowners an easement was a deal breaker. 

    The Trails and Greenways Council collaborated and FPR collaborated on a 10-year access agreement, which eliminates the need for an easement. The agreement was recently approved by the Federal Highway Commission. This is a big deal for trail organizations and users. 

    The purpose of this advocacy was to strengthen trail organizations relationships with landowners. By asking for an agreement instead of an easement, landowners are more likely to agree to partnering with your local trail group. This is an essential part of ensuring trail diversity across abilities and activity type. 

    If you are a landowner who is interested in having trails on your land, please reach out to the VTGC for organization contact information.  

  • 30 Nov 2016 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    The NE Mountain Bike Alliance 

    Mountain bikers travel to Vermont to ride our sweet singletrack six or more times a year. That is a lot of trail traffic. VMBA has brought multiple Northeast mountain bike organizations together to create more riding opportunities for everyone through expanding partnerships. The purpose of the new Northeast Mountain Bike Alliance is to share association building strategies, promote news, advertise events and guarantee the Northeast is the best riding and most welcoming region to ride in the country. "Expanding our vision of what is possible starts with taking a candid inventory of what we're currently doing and opportunities we may be missing. Every organization approaches development differently and I'm eager to learn from the others' experiences" says Tom Stuessy, VMBA's Executive Director.  

    Organizational building is only part of the equation. The entire group has agreed to share reciprocal membership discounts. For example, if a rider becomes a member of JORBA (New Jersey's Mountain Bike organization), the rider can "add" VMBA at a small discount. Stuessy describes this platform as "an opportunity to encourage support from those already riding our trails. It isn't meant to necessarily increase the number of riders on the trails." The group has an active discussion group on Facebook exploring issues from member recruitment to landowner relations. So far ten regional groups have joined the group and the program is expected to launch this spring. For more information about the new group please visit VMBA.ORG

  • 30 Nov 2016 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    "VMBA - It's how we do business here"

    Vermont's outdoor recreation infrastructure is incredible. These opportunities bring thousands of visitors here to get their own little slice of Vermont. This appeal has led to great commercial success in many parts of the state. Mountain bikers travel to Vermont to ride on average six or more times each year. While here they buy 2.8 meals out, 2 tanks of gas and 60% seek commercial lodging - we know they like the beer... 

    There has been a lot of discussion around bringing the industry back to Vermont, which is great on multiple levels. The desire to bring more business here includes all sorts of enterprise in addition to outdoor brands. Vermont's primary appeal is lifestyle, health, community and connection to place. That appeal is centered on our terrific outdoor recreation infrastructure, which is built and maintained by nonprofits. 

    VMBA has developed the Vermont Outdoor Advisory Group. The purpose of this group is to thoughtfully blend commercial ambition with nonprofit purpose and effort, and to thoughtfully bridge these shared priorities with state leadership to enhance Vermont’s capacity to attract new commercial enterprise to our beautiful state. "The goal is to bring these commercial businesses together to co-op great ideas for the governor-elects consideration as part of strengthening our state's economy" Says Tom Stuessy, VMBA's Executive Director. He went on to say, "Ideally we will develop a new businesses culture in Vermont that supports the effort of trail based nonprofits as part of how we do business here. If we can synch .COM ambition with .ORG purpose we can more thoughtfully steward the entire ecosystem of Vermont's outdoor economy."  

    The group is off to a great start. VMBA will be sharing more about the group's progress throughout '17. If you're a business owner and would like to learn more about the group's impact, please call Tom at 802.540.2447 x4.  

  • 05 Nov 2016 11:59 PM | Anonymous

    Fall is here, which means winter is coming! Time to get your snowmobiles registered and ready to hit the trails. Did you know you can register snowmobiles ONLINE? Click on the link below to register now!

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  • 05 Nov 2016 11:51 PM | Anonymous

    If it did not get sent to your mailbox, read the digital edition.

  • 05 Nov 2016 11:43 PM | Anonymous
    Please find VMBA's Fall Newsletter HERE.
  • 05 Nov 2016 11:41 PM | Anonymous

    Please click HERE to be redirected to the VASA Fall News Letter.

VTGC Executive Committee: 
Danny Hale 
Executive Director of VASA

Tom Stuessy
Vice Chairman
Executive Director of VMBA

Dani Luce
Operations Director of VASA

Shane Prisby
Trails Manager VAST

VTGC Board Members: 
Amy Kelsey
Executive Director Catamount Trails Association

Breck Knauft
Executive Director Vermont Youth Cnnservation Corps

Mariah Keagy
Vermont Energy Education Program

Tim Tearny
Executive Director Kingtom Trails 

Russell Hirschler
Executive Director Upper Valley Trail Alliance

Contact VTGC: 

14 Don Camp Drive
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 477-5075

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