Perry Hill in Waterbury now provides groomed fat bike, snowshoe, ski and walking opportunities on select trails.

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, which owns and manages the Perry Hill area within the CC Putnam State Forest, is partnering with Waterbury and the Waterbury Area Trails Alliance to provide the winter recreation pilot program.

“We are seeking to balance this important recreational opportunity with a portion of the parcel that will be primarily dedicated to minimizing negative impacts to wintering deer,” said Forest and Parks Commissioner Michael Snyder.

Much of Perry Hill is a functioning deer wintering area. During winter months, deer have limited food supplies and survive on fat reserves. Deer wintering areas provide locations with consistent evergreen canopy cover, which reduces snow load and provides shelter, minimizing energy demand on deer

“Trail use will be monitored to determine if the management actions are effective. We ask the public to respect the signage and learn how to minimize their impacts to wildlife,” said Walter Opuszynski, Forest and Parks forest recreation specialist.

Waterbury Area Trails Alliance helps the state manage trails at Perry Hill. This winter, members will be supporting the signage, public information and grooming. In addition, Bicycle Express will offer grooming support, along with data collection.

For rules and guidelines, go to waterburytrails.com/conditions.

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