On August 27, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will host a public tour to demonstrate and highlight activities in the working landscape of Groton State Forest.
The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 A.M. at the Groton Nature Center, located on Boulder Beach Road off Vermont Route 232.
Groton State Forest is managed as a multi-use forest with numerous campgrounds and day use areas, and many roads and trails available for exploring. Groton State Forest was first established in 1919 and currently conserves land in Peacham, Marshfield and Groton. It includes Vermont’s only state-run “inn” at Seyon Ranch. Along with recreation and habitat missions, the forest has a management goal to provide forest products for the local and regional economies.
At the August 27 event, forestry staff will introduce new signage to explain the management activities conducted within the 26,000 acre state forest. The signs point out how Vermont’s forests respond to management activities to protect and enhance native biodiversity, how forests help provide opportunities for and enhancement of high quality recreational experiences, and the products this forest contributes to the local and regional economies.
Groton State Forest is a special place to more than 75,000 visitors per year who come to “get away,” and can now learn about the many benefits Groton provides beyond its boundaries.