Current Use Program
This is a program run by the Vermont Division of Forestry. It is also called “Land Use”, or "Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) Program". According to the VDF, this program "enables landowners who practice long-term forest management to have their enrolled land appraised for property taxes based on its value for forestry, rather than its fair market value."
The Long Trail
According to the Green Mountain Club website, the 270-mile Long Trail was built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, is the oldest long distance trail in the United States and inspired the Appalachian Trail. The trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts-Vermont line. The local part of the trail is called the Laraway Section.
Rails to Trails
Started by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, this national nonprofit organization converts abandoned railroad tracks into interconnected public biking, hiking and walking trails.
Smuggler's Notch generally refers to either the three peaks of Madonna, Sterling and Morse Mountains, the path in between them, or the ski resort at their base on the Jeffersonville side. According to VtStateParks.com, "Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed." It was used to illegally trade products with Canada in 1807, help fugitive slaves escape to Canada, and later; to smuggle liquor in the 1920's during Prohibition. These days it challenges many a tour bus and subcompact car engine with its steep, winding curves around carefully placed boulders. :-)
With a top elevation of 3,640 feet, the collective mountain(s) called "Smuggs" is a beautiful view.
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VAST is one of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the United States. VAST is a non-profit, private group that includes 138 clubs in Vermont alone, with over 35,000 members combined. 80% of Vermont's snowmobile trails are on privately owned land. Landowner permission is required to ride on private land, and in Winter only. Local clubs obtain landowner permission for trails on private property. All riders in Vermont must belong to VAST and a local club to ride trails legally in the state; called a TMA. There is a substantial fine for riding without being a member. Visit VAST for details.