Cotton Brook Block, Mt. Mansfield State Forest

Areas of the Cotton Brook block in the Mt. Mansfield State Forest are still closed because of a mudslide that started Friday, May 31.

The mudslide took out about 20 acres of the area between Waterbury and Stowe, said Walter Opuszynski of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

Opuszynski says the mudslide is still active, and Cottonbrook Road and Foster’s Trail are still closed to the public for safety reasons.

He thinks the slide was caused by the heavy rainfall this spring, but can’t say for sure. His department is still waiting on information from geologists about what caused the mudslide and when the ground is likely to stabilize.

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