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Lynx Spotted in Londonderry

Lynx

From Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's post on Facebook:

This lone Canada lynx was photographed in the southern Vermont town of Londonderry this June, marking the first confirmed evidence of lynx in Vermont outside the Northeast Kingdom in decades. Lynx are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act and “endangered” in the state of Vermont.

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Searchers Find Lost Hiker in Vermont

Searchers were able to find a lost hiker and help him return to his car Oct. 18 in the Green Mountain National Forest's White Rocks Recreation Area in Wallingford, Vt.  WhiteRocks

Ravinder Grewal, 54, of El Cerrito, Calif., called 911 on a cell phone as light faded late in the day and he realized he was lost off trail.

Vermont State Troopers, including a police dog, and a volunteer hiked into the area, and within in an hour, located Grewal. He was not injured and they escorted him out of the forest to his vehicle.

Authorities recognized Wallingford resident Zachary Maniery who volunteered to help troopers. Vermont State Police said Maniery's knowledge of the area significantly reduced the time it took to locate Grewal

Police also reminded hikers to be prepared when they enter the woods. Hikers should carry food, water, first-aid supplies, a light source and be familiar with the area before venturing into a remote area.

Outdoor retailer REI offers a list of the 10 essentials hikers should always carry when in the outdoors. Click here to see the list.


OIA Endorses 2 Gubernatorial Candidates

For the first time, the Outdoor Industry Association is endorsing candidates for governor in two states -- Montana and Vermont.

The OIA is endorsing Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mt.) for re-election in Montana, and Sue Minter (D-Vt.) who is running for the open seat in Vermont.

In addition to being Outdoorists themselves, both candidates have elevated outdoor recreation, public lands, and an emphasis on supporting the outdoor industry as core elements of their platforms. These endorsements come as part of OIA’s growing focus on the role state and local governments can play to support our members as well as close-to-home recreation opportunities.

See the full release and links to both candidate endorsement statements here.


Hut System Proposed in Vermont

A couple of Vermont men are hoping to establish a new hut-to-hut system in Vermont to fill in the gaps where no alternative lodging exists for backcountry skiers.

The article in VtDigger.com details the men's plans.

Around 30 huts, yurts and cabins already await outdoor athletes across the state, said the Vermont Huts Association’s RJ Thompson. At either end of the state, however, are 30- to 40-mile stretches with no permanent backcountry lodging.

Ultimately, the two men want to provide backcountry lodging sufficient to ski or mountain bike from the northern end of the state to the southern border, more or less uninterrupted.

Interesting concept. As the article points out, it won't happen overnight, but all great hut systems have to begin somewhere.

See the full story here.