Flood-damaged TAM needs repair

Most segments of the 16-mile hiking loop, which is maintained by Middlebury Area Land Trust, are worse for wear since the deluge, but two areas in particular require serious repair.

Otter Creek Audubon to host beginner bird walk June 17 in Middlebury

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to take part in a beginner’s bird walk through Wright Park, a segment of the Trail Around Middlebury.

Career Center students learn in the field

Around two dozen Patricia Hannaford Career Center students have temporarily swapped their computer keyboards, pencils and paper for chainsaws, hammers and bolts. 

Middlebury Area Land Trust enjoys growth spurt

The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) is celebrating a healthy return from one of its top fundraising events, and is now well-positioned to bolster its environmental programming and volunteer outreach thanks to the largest supporting cast it has ever had.

New birders welcome on TAM walk

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to take part in a beginner’s bird walk through Wright Park, a segment of the Trail Around Middlebury, on Saturday, June 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Willard’s Woods is open for recreation

The close of a beautiful fall day last week saw the formal opening of a wonderful woods bathed in seasonal foliage and a stunning view of Mount Abraham.

CIT interns help at MALT camp

MIDDLEBURY — Ella Bennette-Fitzsimmons proudly held a muddy, blinking, red creature in her hands. The 7-year-old grinned, identifying her new-found friend as a salamander.As a camper at Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT)’s summer day camp, Bennette-Fitzsim … (read more)

Wood-carved landscapes are made for touching

MIDDLEBURY — There’s something kind of magical about a scale model, whether it’s the Sheldon Museum’s Annual Holiday Train Exhibit or a topographic model of Yosemite National Park or the iconic “Panorama of the City of New York.” They recreate vanished wo … (read more)

A $100k gift will fund TAM upkeep forever

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Area Land Trust Executive Director Jamie Brookside is more likely to be found on cloud nine these days than on any of her organization’s 4,700 acres of conserved lands.That’s because she and her MALT colleagues have a lot to celebr … (read more)

Lincoln land preserved for generations

LINCOLN — People traveling up Lincoln’s River Road have undoubtedly seen a nondescript dirt pull-off that fronts a gated dirt road. It’s right before you get to the Lincoln Community School. Unbeknownst to many, that dirt road leads to 130-acre jewel of a … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Why some TAM sections are closed to the public

We are following public comments regarding closure of the Trail Around Middlebury, or TAM, and feel it’s helpful to offer perspective and information. First, we do receive a mixture of support, understanding, and some concerns. I hope this letter offers c … (read more)

Check out the TAM! Trails for all abilities

Editor’s note: The Trail Around Middlebury, or TAM, was created and in maintained to foster healthy people living in a healthy setting for native wildlife. The trails, stewarded by the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), are a great local place for staying … (read more)

MALT offers advice on tick safety

MIDDLEBURY — In a recent e-newsletter, The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) rejoiced at the arrival of warmer weather. But they added, “Unfortunately, the ticks are also waking up and having a great time latching on to unsuspecting hikers and runners.” M … (read more)

Key bird habitat in Weybridge conserved forever

WEYBRIDGE — A Weybridge resident has ceded her ownership of a 55-acre parcel of grassland off Sheep Farm Road so that it will remain forever open to wildlife and humans alike. In a transaction that became official on Nov. 1, resident and former selectwoma … (read more)