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Friends of Fairlee Forest (FFF)

Friends of Fairlee Forest (FFF) is a coalition of Fairlee community members interested in the environmental, recreational, educational, and aesthetic resource values of the Fairlee Municipal Forest and its trails.

Membership is free and open to residents and neighbors who share its goals and wish to receive notices and updates. To join, email ldfitzhugh@yahoo.com.

Goals:

  • To help make Fairlee’s public trails and forest roads safe and accessible to visitors through maps and signage.
  • To expand understanding and good stewardship of the trails, ecosystems, habitats, wildlife, and plant communities within the Fairlee Forest.
  • To encourage mutual respect and consideration among diverse forest visitors, from hikers to snowmobilers, hunters to birders. Fairlee Forest is a shared public resource.
  • To help make Fairlee Forest’s recreational opportunities economic assets for the town.

Status: FFF is an unincorporated citizens' group under the fiscal sponsorship of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA). Donations made to UVTA for FFF are tax-deductible.

History of the Friends of the Fairlee Forest

FFF was founded in July 2012 by Fairlee residents interested in working with the Town to improve public access and expand knowledge and appreciation of its forest environment.

Since then, the organization has

  • mapped, signposted, and blazed or re-blazed up to 35 miles of public trails;

  • produced two editions of a printed trail map for visitors, now also available as an interactive online map;,

  • collaborated with West Fairlee Conservation Commission on habitat research in our shared wetland;

  • organized a public presentation on results of “The Great Fairlee Wetlands” research project by the research team of five well-known conservation biologists;

  • held a number of guided tours of Fairlee Forest;

  • launched the website "Forests and Trails of Fairlee VT"; and

  • organized the Fairlee Forest Festival, a day-long celebration of the northern forest environment and the many ways it contributes to our quality of life and economy The event featured some 30 participants and drew about 500 visitors to Fairlee Village Center on Saturday July 2, 2016.

Proposed Projects

  • complete blazing and signposting of Sawyer Mt. and Palisades hiking trails and maintain existing signs, blazes, and trails in Fairlee Forest;

  • continue offering guided hikes in Fairlee Forest and posting relevant updates, news, and photos on the website;

  • as funds allow, host educational programs by noted speakers on forest-related topics of current interest; and

  • in collaboration with the Fairlee Forest Board and Selectboard:
    • construct a simple covered viewing platform on Bald Top Mt. to make the summit a more complete destination, with information on visible mountain peaks and modest shelter for visitors;

    • construct the first of several proposed information kiosks at entrances to the Town Forest trail system to orient visitors and provide current information on conditions;

    • develop a long-range recreational road and trail plan for Fairlee Forest aimed at safeguarding sensitive habitats, preventing erosion, and providing designated byways for various kinds of recreational access, both motorized and non-motorized, possibly including a cross-country ski trail.