Past Minutes

Summer Meeting – August 4, 2018

Summer 2018 – Combined Executive Committee & General Summer Quarterly Meeting. Lenny Targonski’s Camp -Holland Pond, Vermont August 4, 2018

Call to Order & Welcome: NEKGMC President Cathi Brooks welcomed everyone to Lenny Targonski’s camp at Holland Pond for the section’s summer quarterly meeting. Many thanks to Lenny for his continuing generosity as the section’s summer host. This meeting followed both a work hike, assisting in the clearance of new Bluff Ridge Trail on the former Champion Lands, which Jean Haigh and

Luke O’ Brien co-lead, and an area hike at Holland Pond under the leadership of Cathi Brooks.

Secretary’s Report: NEKGMC Secretary Michael Chernick reviewed the highlights of the Spring 2018 minutes.

MOTION [Offered and seconded] Approved the 2018 Spring Minutes as presented

Approved unanimously

Director’s Report: NEKGMC Section Director Jean Haigh reported on the main club’s pending capital campaign (officially starting in January 2019) and its special focus on upgrading the northern segment of the LT, financing a southern care taker’s position, and implementing a major restoration/reconstruction of the Herrick Building (the older segment of Main Club’s Waterbury headquarters that survived the 2003 fire).The Main Club Board has been trained on fundraising techniques. The goal is to raise $5. Million for these designated purposes. Jean Haigh mentioned the prior capital campaign and its focus on the Main Club’s headquarters (barn-hiker center) reconstruction project.

The GMC (Main Club) Annual Meeting was held in June at Lake Morey. The Main Club’s financials are in generally good condition

Treasurer’s Report: In the absence of NEKGMC Treasurer Angela Smith (who is  NEKGMC President Cathi Brooks presented Angela’s updated report on the section’s financials. The report Angela submitted is as follows:

Northeast Kingdom Section ~ Green Mountain Club

Quarterly Financial Statement

As of July 31, 2018

Operating Account

Beginning Balance (as of 04/11/18)                                          $2,881.29


Dues Sharing

March                                                         $178.75

April                                                           $357.50

May                                                            $83.75

June                                                            $170.00


GMC – Bluff Ridge Project                         $500.00

NorthWoods Stewardship Center                 $500.00


Ending Balance                                                                        $2,671.29


Certificate of Deposit

CD#1          ….4489/Matures 01/12/2019 @.40%                     $1,565.27

CD#2          ….3785/Matures 06/27/2019  @.40%                    $1,724.33



Grand Total All Monies                                                                     $5,960.89

Angela Smith ~ Treasurer .

NorthWoods Celebration: Cathi Brooks reported on the end of season celebration for the NorthWoods youth crew that has been working on the Bluff Trail this summer. It occurred at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in Charlestown on Friday August 3, 2018. This fall, a smaller professional NorthWoods crew will continue working on the Bluff Ridge Trail.

Election of Officers: At the NEKGMC Annual Meeting held in April, the section neglected to elect officers for the 2018-2019 term. Consequently, these elections were held today. None of the incumbent officers has served his or her maximum number of one year-terms (six , except unlimited for the treasurer). Lenny Targonski nominated and Sheila Goss seconded the following incumbent section officers to serve for the 2018-2019 term:

President – Cathi Brooks

Vice President – Kevin Williamson

Secretary – Michael Chernick

Treasurer – Angela Smith

No other individuals were nominated and the slate was approved unanimously on a unified vote.

*Jean Haigh’s first 3-year term as NEKGMC Section Director expires in 2019. Has one more 3-year term, 2022.

Bluff Ridge (Kingdom Heritage) Trail – This past week, Jean Haigh, Cathi Brooks and GMC (Main Club) President Tom Candon hiked to second summit on the Bluff Ridge Trail

Jean Haigh explained that the trail traverses the former Champion Lands that were sold in segments to the State (Kingdom Heritage Lands), the federal government (Conte Wildlife Refuge), and to a private timber company (originally Essex Timber then LandVest and now Weyerhaeuser serving as the private owner). Sweet Tree, a maple sugar producer, also owns a portion of the land that the trail traverses. In accordance with a land conservation easement, which the Vermont Land Trust holds, different recreational activities, subject to the conducting of commercial activities (logging/maple sugaring) of the private landowners, are authorized on the land.

In accordance with the easement, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation has designated the Green Mountain Club (the Club) as the hiking corridor recreation management organization. This designation started with the submission of the Corridor Management Plan in 2004. This designation, initially granted to the Club in 2009, has resulted in the continuing construction of a hiking trail that upon completion (planned for 2019) will extend from the summit of Gore Mountain (with the preexisting Gore Mountain Trail starting at Vermont Route 114 serving as the northern entrance point), continue across the summit of Middle Mountain and proceed southward across the ridge and summits of Bluff Mountain, where it will flow into the existing Community Trail that terminates in the village of Island Pond.  Unknown Pond trail Was completed and connected to Middle Mountain Trail in 2014. The Club contracts with the NorthWoods Stewardship Center (NWSC) for the trail construction work.

Annual construction is dependent on the awarding of a grant from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The 2018 grant of $44,000, for the Bluff Ridge Trail, is the largest annual amount ever awarded for our project. As a condition of the 2018 grant, the NEKGMC is required to complete 360 volunteer hours. In partial fulfilment of this requirement, a number of NEKGMC members devoted time this morning (8/4/18) to working on trail treadway clearance. On add occasions, NEKGMC members will have participate in trail development activities to count towards the 360 hour requirement.

Wheeler Pond Camps Update: Cathi Brooks detailed the history of Wheeler Pond’s two camps, Hadsel Mares and Beaver Dam. They were previously the property Chris Hadsel and Bill, sold to the Appalachian Mountain Club, then bought back by Hadsel and Mares and donated to GMC.

Beave Dam is now closed and awaiting demolition and subsequent reconstruction. Unfortunately, because asbestos has been discovered in the Beaver Dam’s infrastructure, the demolition is delayed until 2019. The asbestos removal must be completed before the demolition can procedure.

The GMC has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the 16 acre located across the road from the Wheeler Pond Camps. The lot has been logged and will serve as a much needed parking lot for patrons of the camps. Chris Rice raised the issue of the upper level wood storage shed’s accessibility to the lower level where the cabins are located. There will be a separate NEK regional fundraising campaign for financing the new Beaver Dam Camp. The idea was also raised to conduct minor maintenance work at Hadsel Mares, using NEKGMC funds. This is a definite possibility.

Pulpit Rock- Chris Rice raised the issue of the stability of Pulpit Rock at Mount Pisgah, resulting in an extended conversation of possible solutions. Any action onthis matter is the responsibility of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

Trail Adoptions: NEKGMC Vice President and Trails Adoption Coordinator Kevin

Williamson indicated a continuing interest in assigning (through the Main Club), new trail adopters as the need arises. The overgrowth on the Unknown Pond Trail is being addressed. The adopter is John Preedom. NorthWoods has worked this summer on the trails at Burke Mountain.

Future Outings: The following hikes were announced:

Saturday August 11- Work Hike on Gore Trail Extension to the Lewis Pond

Overlook – Jean Haigh – Meet island Pond

Saturday August 19 – Burke Mountain – Cathi Brooks

Saturday August 25 – Pinnacle Mountain, Quebec (requires border crossing

documentation) – Lenny Targonski

Saturday September 1- Perry Holbrook State Park – Jean Haigh

(General interest was expressed in hiking at Perry Holbrooke State Park and Jean

Haigh provided specific entrance location and parking guidance).

Sunday September 16 – Mount Monadnock – Michael Chernick

Saturday September 22 – Long Pond Trail at Bald Mountain – Chris Rice

Saturday September 29- Lewis pond Overlook to Gore Mountain, to 114.

Date to Be Determined – Kirby Mountain – Kevin Williamson

Next Meeting: The next NEKGMC Meeting will occur on Saturday Oct 13 at Wheeler Pond Camp (will include a morning wood stacking session).

Adjournment: The NEKGMC’s combined Executive Committee & General Summer Quarterly Meeting adjourned on a unanimously approved motion at 3:30 PM.

Annual 2018– Combined Board & General Meeting

Burke Mountain Clubhouse- East Burke, Vermont

April 21, 2018, Draft Minutes

Called to Order & Welcome:  NEKGMC President Cathi Brooks opened the meeting at 5:48 PM.

Cathi thanked everyone for attending

Secretary’s Report: NEKGMC Secretary Michael Chernick summarized his January 27, 2018 minutes

Motion (Chris/Bob)) Approve the minutes as presented

Approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report:  Ami English, substituting for NEKGM Treasurer Angela Smith, presented the following financial updated

Northeast Kingdom Section ~ Green Mountain Club

Quarterly Financial Statement

As of April 11, 2018

Operating Account

Beginning Balance (as of 01/21/18)                                                                           $2,957.54


Dues Sharing

January                                                                                                $193.75

February                                                                                              $30.00

March                                                                                                   Not Available Yet



Burke Mtn Clubhouse Donation                                                 $100.00

Gift Certificate for Marie Grosser                                              $100.00

Brighton Rec Dept – Maple Fest                                                 $100.00


Ending Balance                                                                                                                                  $2881.29


Certificate of Deposit

CD#1                     ….4489/Matures 01/12/2019 @.40%                                       $1,563.72

CD#2                     ….3785/Matures 06/27/2018  @.40%                                      $1,722.59



Grand Total All Monies                                                                                                                  $6,167.60

Angela Smith ~ Treasurer

GMC Director’s Report:  NEK GMC Board Director Jean Haigh reported on items related to the Main Club. The most recent Main Club Board meeting occurred on March 24, 2013. The Board was presented a completed feasibility study that the GMC commissioned from an external consultant to assess the institutional capacity to conduct a new capital campaign. The study concluded that GMC has the capacity for a $4 million capital campaign. But, there is a need for improved staff outreach to the membership if the campaign is to meet this goal. The formal solicitation of potential donors has not yet started. Initially, all board members will be asked to contribute. This will begin January I, 2019.

Main Club financials are satisfactory, and the Board approved the FY 2019 Budget.  Paul Kendall, a former GMC Board member, long time member and supporter of GMC, will be the Honorary Life Member for 2018.

Ami English inquired concerning local outreach for the capital campaign. Jean Haigh stated our section needs to focus on the Beaver Dam’s fundraising project. Luke O’Brien inquired on the disconnection the feasibility study detected between GMC management and the membership. Jean explained this was not so much a section to Main Club problem, but rather the relationship between volunteers and long time donors and the Main Club .

Bluff Trail Grant: The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) has awarded a $44,000 grant to GMC that will enable the Kingdom Heritage Trail to be completed from its current termination point to Bluff Ridge, bringing to full fruition a trail first proposed at the start of the 21st century.  Luke O’Brien, who is now an FPR Recreation Specialist, explained the many elements the grant entails. The GMC had to wait patiently for12 weeks for a decision from FPR. A memorandum of agreement will be entered into between GMC and NorthWoods Stewardship Center. Northwoods , serving as a subcontractor to GMC, will be supplying the work crews to  perform the trail construction work.  As a condition of the grant, the NEKGMC will provide volunteer support. The grant will provide for five weeks of NorthWoods Conservation Corps crew support in the summer ,plus three weeks of an adult NorthWoods trail crew in the fall. The fall crew will be able to perform chain saw work that the summer crew will not be undertaking.  Jon Knox (who has extensive trail experience) along with Dusty May, will supervise the summer crew. As NEKGMC President Cathi  Brooks explained , the NEK Section is the only GMC Section developing a new trail.

The 2018 grant was largely was a collaborative effort, with Ross Stevens, (NWSC), Jean Haigh and Kevin Hudnell, from the Main Club, and submitted by Mike DeBonis, GMC Executive Director.

Jon Knox and Dusty May from Northwoods will be the contacts for volunteers. Luke O’Brien suggested that volunteers will be needed on weekdays to work with the crew. But, weekend opportunities for volunteer participation may also be an option. Luke further mentioned that despite outreach from the Main Club for volunteers that effort could be improved. Although, Kevin Williams, NEK/GMC Vice President and Trails Adoption Coordinator, reported that the adopter situation is improved. But, there is a need for better understanding at the Main Club concerning the scope of the NEK’s trail objectives.

Gore Trail Extension:  Luke O’Brien  explained that Gore is a large peak near Norton. He met with the new Conte Federal Wildlife Refuge manager who is very supportive of improving nonnotarized access within the refuge. Luke made the pitch for the Gore Extension to the Lewis Pond Overlook. The manager is prepared to contract for two weeks of Northwoods crew time in 2018, plus future years of maintenance, to develop the Gore Extension.  The proposed trail from the overlook to the summit of Gore is approximately 2.4 miles. There is a major blowdown at the .05 mile mark from the overlook that will require removal.  The Refuge will be leading this project, but volunteers will be appreciated. The very short trail from the summit that now exists will feed into the new trail.. There needs to be an agreement entered into between GMC and the Refuge as the proposed Gore Extension is located on Weyerhaeuser land for which the GMC is the hiking corridor manager.

Beaver Dam Camp Construction:  Jean Haigh shared the minutes of the most recent GMC Camps’ Committee meeting . The minutes provide details on the Beaver Dam Camp project, with interesting information on both Wheeler and Headwaters camps.

Wheeler (meaning just Hadsel Mares) has been 64 percent  occupied during the first quarter of 2018.

The land across the road from the Wheeler Pond site is for sale. One of the parcels is 16 acre and has parking lot potential. The asking price is $30,000 to $40,000 Jean Haigh is hoping GMC can find the funds to purchase this parcel. The parcel has already been logged.  GMC Land and Stewardship Coordinator Mollie Flannigan is spearheading this land acquisition effort.  Ami English suggested placing GMC brochures at Hadsel Mares. Cathi Brooks suggested adding a membership link on the Wheeler rental Webpage. The 55% of renters are not GMC members. Paul Trojano checks on the Wheeler  camps every month.  Renters are leaving positive comments about their Wheeler experience.

In July, Beaver Dam will be deconstructed under the supervision of the GMC construction crew, but with volunteer opportunities. Ami English might be able to arrange for a dumpster. The deconstruction process will require two weeks.  The wife of the original Beaver Dam builder kept journals concerning construction of Beaver Dam.

Headwaters Camp: There are a number of options.  It needs a lot of work. But Weyerhaeuser  is only offering a one-year instead of a five-year lease. Consequently, for now there is an interim plan. No major investment will be made until there is greater clarity with Weyerhaeuser. If GMC were to end its lease the camp would revert to Weyerhaeuser’s ownership.

Gore & Kirby Trail Projects : To date the Main Club’s Trails Management Committee has only approved the Gore Trail Extension (see separate item). But, the TMC has yet to approve the Kirby Project as it is not specifically listed on the original approved 2009 Trail Management Plan. Kevin Williamson explained that an outcrop (a rock with a natural vista) was discovered on Kirby Mountain. It was not until the Victory Management Plan was approved in 2017 that the Kirby Trail proposal was FPR approved. This has led to the effort to secure GMC Trail Corridor approval . Kevin had an initial discussion with a private landowner concerning the trail potentially traversing the owner’s land. The owner indicated he needed to speak with an attorney. The proposed trail would start on the CCC Road. The distance round trip from the CCC Road to the outcrop is approximately 6 miles. In the ideal, a trailhead would be developed at Bennett Road to connect to the CCC Road.

Luke O’ Brien explained that the Champion Corridor Management Plan is unique.  He further explained there are trails that were not state constructed (Hoar, Moose, Bald) but were privately funded and are now state managed. Luke stated that the state would not build the proposed Kirby Trail but could possibly manage it.

Friends of Willoughby State Forest: Jean Haigh, who also leads the Friends of the Willoughby State Forest organization, reported the allocation of state funding for an interpretive trail at CCC Camp 55. There is considerable local interest in this project.. Jean welcomed anyone to participate on this project which is off the west side of Route 5. Luke O’Brien is not sure when it is going to happen or if it will be a NorthWoods crew that builds this trail. But, some tree work need s to be done in a project Luke characterized as involving boutique forestry. How this will be accomplished administratively is yet to be determined. The handicapped access must also be worked through. The extent of handicapped access must be mapped out and also parking plans must be finalized. Handicap access is only being considered to the pool, just a short distance to the road. FPR is excited about the project as that side of the forest is not as heavily patronized. An initial walkthrough will occur on May 8.

FPR Updates:  Luke O’ Brien itemized trails and locales that will be worked on this year including Gore, Bluff Ridge, Burke (Red Trail) Moose Bog,, Sentinel  Rock (trails to connect farm to back acreage), and Perry Holbrook (late summer to improve trail to summit and back to main trail). In the fall, ADA accessible trials on Burke Summit will be constructed. Also in 2018, the. Wheeler Pond circular trail will have improvement s , including the construction of new bog bridges as needed. The trail  at certain pints is near the water and those  will be pulled back. Much of this work will be accomplished with Northwoods crews

New GMC Field Director: The new GMC  Field Director is Keegan Tierney. He previously served as the Operations Director at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Keegan has extensive budgeting and management experience. He will be introduced at the Wednesday (4/2518) TMC meeting.

2018 GMC Main Club Annual Meeting : The event will  occur on June 1 and 2 at the Holbrooke Center adjacent to Lake Morey,  The general meeting  will occur on Saturday June 2.

NEKGMC Newsletter: There was further discussion of converting the quarterly minutes into a newsletter. The first issue was transmitted during the winter. Overall, there was positive response.  Materials for the newsletter should be submitted to Angela Smith..

Charitable Contribution:

MOTION:  To purchase a $50 gift card for transportation requirements of an ill section member.

Approved unanimously

Planned Work Days:  Cathi Brooks, in response to a Main Club inquiry, asked if the section had any planned work days? Crew weeks on Bluff Ridge start on June 25 and go through July.  Luke O’Brien suggested that Cathi respond to Main Club offering Tuesdays in July for Bluff Ridge volunteers..

Trail Adopter s: Kevin Williamson still needs to communicate with Main Club on which trail adopters are returning for the 2018 season. Ami English mentioned she will serve as a  Volunteer Long Trail Patrol crew member at  Stratton Mountain.

Outings :

May 19 CCC Road Loop (Jean Haigh)

May 20 Perry Holbrook State Park annual wildflower hike. (Jean)

June 9 Brunswick Springs. JBrowns Mill Esker (Paul Trojano) &-Kevin Williamson)

June 16 South America Pond (Jean Haigh)

June 24 Monadnock (Michael Chernick)

Next Meeting:  Saturday July 14 (since rescheduled for Saturday August 4)at Lenny Targonski’s camp at Holland Pond. A morning work hike on Bluff ridge will precede the meeting.

Gore Mt Cabin:  Luke O’Brien reported that unfortunately, there is money to work on the cabin but there is not landowner permission at this time. Landowner is Sweet Tree LLC.

Adjourn : 7:58 PM


Submitted: Michael Chernick, GMC Secretary





Northeast Kingdom Section – Green Mountain Club

Winter 2018 -Combined Board & General Meeting

Burke Mountain Clubhouse – East Burke, Vermont

January 27, 2018

Call to Order & Welcome:  NEKGMC President Cathi Brooks opened the meeting and everyone introduced himself or herself.

Birthday Presentation: NEKGMC Director Jean Haigh presented a birthday gift (from Beth Barnes) of a GMC membership to our section’s newest member Bob Rushford

President’s Report: NEK President Cathi Brooks reported on the section’s morning excursion on the Lake Willoughby trail system. She noted that a memorial service was conducted in memory of the late Dave Hardy, the Main Club’s veteran Director of Field Programs. The Main Club sent a thank you note to the section thanking the NEKGMC for its memorial contribution in memory of Dave Hardy

Secretary’s Report: NEK GMC Treasure Michael Chernick summarized the highlights from the October quarterly meet held at Wheeler Pond Camps. His summation focused on the construction status of the Bluff Ridge Trail and the Beaver Pond Camp.

Treasurer’s Report:  NEKGMC Treasurer submitted the following  report on the section’s current finances

Director’s Report:  NEKGMC Director Jean Haigh reported on the last Main Club Board meeting conducted on January 6, 2018. The Main Club’s Executive committee had previously approved demolition of the Beaver Dam Camp. After a small degree of contentious discussion, the Board approved the construction of a new Beaver Dam Camp on a 21-3 vote. Jean spoke of Dave Hardy’s 15 year tenure as GMC Director of Field Programs. Over 300 persons attended both a post-Board meeting memorial presentation for Dave Hardy, held at the nearby Zen Barn in Waterbury and a subsequent potluck served at club headquarters. An ad has been posted for Dave’s successor. Work on Beaver Pond Camp, initially the demolition for which there is already funding, could start in May.

Bluff Ridge Trail: Jean Haigh summarized the NEKGMC’s early history as it relates to the former Champion Lands (now Weyerhaeuser) dating to 2000. After many years of writing and revisions, the proposed Bluff Ridge Trail (as it is now known) received Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) approval in 2011. It is being constructed largely on a public access easement located on the private Weyerhaeuser land. Work has proceeded incrementally since 2011. The trail has now traversed across a locale known as Slit Rock, over Middle Mountain, past Unknown Pond and forward towards the Bluff Ridge summit. Flagging to the summit has been completed. The GMC has applied for a $50,000 FPR Recreation & Trails grant to complete the trail to the summit, where it would meet the Community Trail in Island Pond. The grant has passed the first round and a final (second round) application will be submitted on February 1, 2018. A decision from FPR will follow shortly thereafter.

Using a large color map, Jean detailed the incremental construction of the Bluff Ridge Trail. In the summer of 2017, the Northwoods Stewardship Center implemented a major construction project that brought the trail to its current temporary endpoint location. Paul Trojano offered to arrange for this large Bluff Trail map framing, including a wooden frame. It will then hang in the Burke Mountain Clubhouse. The wood framing, glass covering, and related framing elements would be completed at no cost. However, the section would offer a gift of appreciation to the framer.

Should the FPR grant application be successful, the plan is to complete the cutting of the trail in 2018. The post-construction hardening process could possibly occur as early as this fall. As a condition of receiving the grant, NEKGMC will be providing in-kind field work support for the trail construction work. The section also approved a financial contribution toward the project.

Motion: [Beth Barnes /Chad ]  That the NEKGMC should contribute the sum of  $500 towards support for the Bluff Trail project.

Approved unanimously

The attending membership also authorized Jean Haigh to write a letter of support to FPR for the grant on which all officers’ names will appear as signatories. Northwoods Stewardship Center will perform the work under a contract with the GMC

Wheeler Mountain Trail: Jean Haigh has written a letter to FPR in support of hardening the newly constructed Wheeler Mountain Trail.

Beaver Dam Camp:  As an ancillary to the Main Club’s Camps Committee, a working group has been established to facilitate the construction of the new Beaver Dam Camp. Considerable discussion has occurred regarding who would build the new camp. It was ultimately decided that the GMC’s own construction crew would be assigned this project. Jean Haigh distributed several associated documents. These included sketches, the text of a fundraising letter directed initially to section members but also intended for regular renters; and a spreadsheet detailing possible fundraising allocations. There is agreement that the word Camp needs to be added in the letter, in order to clarify that the fundraising is for a camp and not a beaver dam. Jean spoke of the need for volunteers to help with demolition. The fundraising for Beaver Dam Camp is separate from, although associated with, the proposed $1.6 million Main Club capital campaign. Hadsel Mare Camp will continue to be rented during the construction process. Judy Anastasia inquired about using local high school or college students to assist. High School students were not deemed realistic but college student are a possibility.

As for the fundraising, any gifts for the Beaver Dam Camp will be restricted to this purpose. The projection on fundraising is for a $67.000 total with $7,600 from the section.  But the fundraising process remains in a feasibility study phase. Jean will keep coming from the NEKGMC. The section will be posted on fundraising progress.

Trail Adopters: NEKGMC Vice President Kevin Williamson reported the addition of three new trail adopters. An 11-year veteran trail adopter, Marie Grosser, is concluding her service on the trail at Mount Hor.

Motion: [Michael Chernick/Cathi Brooks] that the NEKGMC purchase a GMC Hiker Center gift certificate in the amount of $100 for presentation to Marie Grosser,

Approved unanimously


Angela Smith (with Amy  ) will consider serving as the adopter at Perry Hollbrook State Park..

Kevin indicated that the Gore Mountain Trail could use an adopter. Cathi Brooks  is willing to document trail problems on Burke Mountain. Kevin is starting to develop a proposal for a trial on Kirby Mountain. There is private owner who is seeking legal advice on liability issues. Cow Mountain Pond Trail also needs an adopter.Newsletter: NEKGMC is the sole GMC section without a newsletter. Cathi Brooks reviewed the concept of using the Secretary’s minutes as the base document for a newsletter. Judy Anastasisa suggested omitting the treasurer’s report. Kevin Williamson questioned the value of the document, But, Jean Haigh thought the minutes have value for the membership. Chris Rice suggested transmitting the minutes to the membership as a starter document and that if someone were interested in serving as the editor an enhanced newsletter could be developed. It was decided that Angela will revise the minutes that NEKGMC Secretary Michael Chernick transmits to the Executive Committee. The goal is to transmit the revised document by March 1 to the section’s membership..

Burke Mountain Club Donation: Annually, the NEKGMC has donated a contribution to the Burke Mountain Club in lieu of a rental fee for use of its facilities.

Motion [Cathi Brooks/Chris Rice] That the NEKGMC donate $100 to the Burke Mountain Club

Approved unanimously

Future Hikes:

If interested in participating in an outing please contact the leader. Winter outings may require snowshoes, micro spikes, or skis.

Saturday February 17, Perry Holbrook State Park, Chris Rice

Sunday February 24, Victory Bog, Cathi Brooks & Jean Haigh

Sunday March 4, Gore Mountain Trail Michael Chernick

Sunday March 11, Cube Mountain, Kevin Williamson with Upper Valley Outtauqechee Section

Next Meeting: Saturday April 14 –This will be the section’s annual meeting and will be held at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse. A pre-meeting hike will be scheduled. There was a brief discussion on nominations with the assumption that all officers will continue for the next year The April meeting will also plan YAC (Young Adventures Hikes) for youngster..


Motion {Chris Rice/Ed Guest] moved to adjourn the meeting at 2:09 PM

Approved unanimously





NEKGMC 2016 Fall Quarterly Executive- General Combined Meeting

Saturday October 15, 2016

Wheeler Pond Camp- Barton, Vermont

Called to Order & Welcome– NEKGMC President Luke O’ Brien called the meeting to order at 11:50 AM. Introductions were conducted and among the attendees were Kristin McLane the Main Club’s new Membership-Communications Coordinator. The meeting followed a log stacking and woods clearing morning at Wheeler Pond Camps.  Duncan and Sheila Goss were renting Hadsel Mares Camp and joined us.

President’s Report – NEKGMC President Luke O’ Brien spoke of the newly opened Wheeler Mountain Trail and the development of anew canoe access for Wheeler Pond.

Secretary’s Report – NEKGMC Secretary Michael Chernick reported on the July meeting at Holland Pond.  One amendment offered is that Cathi Brooks will be the second Facebook administration.

Motion [Ed Guest/Martin Haselton] Approve the Secretary’s Report   as amended

Approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report– NEKGMC Treasurer Cathi Brooks submitted the following Treasurer’s Report that was accepted as presented:

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club

Quarterly Financial Statement

As of October 15, 2016

Operating Account

Beginning Balance (as of 7/16/2016)                                                                                        $2353.13


Dues Sharing                    June                                                                                                      $141.25

July                                                                                                        $218.75

August                                                                                                  $80.00


Ending Balance                                                                                                                                                 $2793.13

Certificate of Deposit

CD #1                                    4489/Matures 6/27/2017 @.40%                                              $1554.38

CD#2                                     3785/ Matures 1/12/2017 @.40%                                             $1712.31


Grand Total ALL Monies                                                                                                                               $6059.82

Cathi Brooks

Treasurer                                                                                                                                            October 15,2016

Main Club Report– NEKGMC Main Club Director Jean Haigh reported that at the 2016 GMC Annual Volunteers’ Awards Picnic, held at GMC headquarters in Waterbury on September 24, Cathi Brooks and Beth Barnes were awarded Green Mountain Club Service Awards and Angela English and Ami Smith were honored as GMC Blazar Award recipients.

At the Board meeting preceding the picnic, the Main Club’s audit firm presented the first ever totally clean audit. Special credit for this accomplishment is owed to the Main Club’s staff and Budget and Finance Committee for this special accomplishment. This is a major improvement over the difficult financial management situation that has previously existed. Jean discussed the latest governance reorganization proposal that was approved at the meeting.  Executive Committee term limits are being implemented, and the number of committees has been reduced. An informal set of advisors was created as a replacement for these committees.


Beaver Dam Camp – Jean Haigh, who chairs the Main Club’s Camps Committee, reported that the committee will be determining the future of the now closed Beaver Dam Camp on Thursday October 20th. The committee is overseeing the reconstruction of Bryant Camp and Beaver Dam will be addressed in detail (should it being retained) next year. Matt Wells, who supervised construction of both the Lamoille River and Winooski River suspension bridges, has estimated the cost simply to stabilize Beaver Dam (with no restoration work) is approx. $37,500. Matt has developed a possible new design if the present building is demolished. The approximate cost of this replacement option is $62,000. Another option is to use the design and construction services of Yestermorrow Design Build School in Warren. Chad Forcier is also presenting an alternative design option. Financing will be through fundraising. Jean Haigh distributed Matt’s preliminary design proposal including proposed changes to the current Beaver Dam’s interior layout. Matt’s proposal addresses the current darkness in the Beaver Dam Camp. The NEK Section would remain involved with the camp.. Both the section and long term guests at Beaver Pond Camp will be solicited for fundraising. Section members were invited to offer ideas on design elements.

James P Taylor Series – Luke O’Brien, in response to a letter from GMC Executive Director Mike DeBonis, inquired if there was interest in the NEKGMC’s hosting a 2015-2016 Taylor series presentation. The section has previously hosted lectures at both the clubhouse at Burke and at LSC. Luke left the proposal on the table for now and invited members to email him with ideas.

Membership – Longstanding NEKGMC Membership Coordinator Jerry Phillips has resigned. Jerry maintained the digital membership list, sent out notices on meetings and hikes, and remained in contact with the Main Club. Ed Guest expressed interest in the position and will speak with Jean Haigh for more details. Jerry Philips will continue to assist the new person. The Main Club’s new Membership-Communications Coordinator Kristin Mc Lane reported overall GMC membership is now approximately 9500. The NEKGMC has one of the more active sections and Facebook pages. Kristin also oversees digital/social media activities, including Facebook , E-Blaze, and blogging. Beth Barnes discussed a local school project in Newport that consists of 8 walks mimicking LT hikes to shelters. The actual walls are accomplished via designated walking routes in Newport. The project will lead to the students taking an actual LT hike to Journey’s End next spring. Beth’s project is a candidate for a Main Club guest blogging opportunity..

Trails & Shelters– NEKGMC Vice President Kevin announced there are several adoption openings. Luke O’Brien has blaze paint and is organizing a sign assignment for the Vermont Department  of Correction’ St Johnsbury work camp.. Jean Haigh thanked Martin Haselton for his clearing work on Gore Mountain. Martin and Jeff Manning also cleared a section on the Nome Trail at Wheeler Pond. Luke O’Brien, Jean Haigh, and Mike DeBonis will be discussing the next steps on Kingdom Heritage Trail. This could result in possible 2017 work on planning and implementing the trail’s progress towards Bluff Mountain in Island Pond.

Outings – Kevin Williamson hopes to lead an ad hoc hike on Black Mountain in Averill. Luke reminded everyone on the importance of wearing red during the upcoming hunting seasons. Kristin McLane mentioned GMC has new orange colored bandanas for sale.

NorthWoods Stewardship Center-(Luke O’Brien left to avoid a conflict of interest on this item as he is employed as the Director of Development at NorthWoods Stewardship Center). Ross Stevens sent a fundraising letter to Jean Haigh that discussed several recent trail crew projects including the new Wheeler Trail and Gore-Middle Mountains. It needs to be noted that GMC has a contractual relationship with NorthWoods. Mike DeBonis has indicated it’s a section decision whether to donate. Jean Haigh recommended that if we donate, it should be earmarked for the Kingdom Heritage Trail.

Motion: [Ed Guest /Jeff Manning]That the NEK GMC Section donate $350 00 to the NorthWoods Stewardship Center for the exclusive purpose of continuing the development and construction of the Kingdom Heritage Trail

Approved unanimously

Next Meeting    the winter quarterly NEKGMC meetings will occur on Saturday January 7, 2017 at the Burke Clubhouse in East Burke. Kevin Williamson will lead a hike up Kirby Mountain preceding the Executive Meeting. The meeting time for the hike will be announced at a later date.

Adjournment                                MOTION [Kevin Williamson/Beth Barnes] Moved to adjourn at 1:08 P.M

Approved unanimously

  NEK GMC Winter Quarterly- Combined Executive & General Meeting

January 10, 2016

Burke Mountain Club House – East Burke, Vermont

Attendance: Jean Haigh, Cathi Brooks, Michael Chernick; Cheryl Byrne, Janet, Steinert, Pam Kennedy, Jeffrey Manning, Beth Barnes, Ed Guest, Kevin Williamson, and Angela Marquis

Call to Order- NEKGMC Director, Jean Haigh, welcomed everyone, and she chaired the meeting in lieu of NEKGMC President Luke O Brien’s absence, due to a family death. A number of new members attended the meeting, and the attendees introduced themselves. Jean explained the communications chain with our e-mail coordinator Jerry Phillips

President’s Report in Luke’s absence – Jeansummarized the NEKGMC’s section history, dating from its formation in 2000. She stated the section was created to focus on the Champion Land trails,as the GMC had applied for corridor management responsibility for hiking. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources granted GMC the requested corridor manager status in 2009. Construction, with contracted with the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, for developing the trail began in 2011. The first hiking trail segment, beginning with the preexisting Gore Mountain Trail, was completed from Route 114, north of Island Pond, to a location known as Split Rock. By the close of the 2015 trail building season, the trail had been extended to the summit of Middle Mountain with two access trails, the Gore route, and the second, from the Hurricane Road, known as the rerouted Unknown Pond Trail Jean explained the trail will eventually meet the Bluff Mountain Community Trail in Island Pond. This completed the first phase of the corridor management plan. She spoke briefly about the Wheeler Pond Camps, including their role as a possible meeting place for the section.

Jean distributed draft copies of the new NEK hiking map that will be published at a later date.

Jeff Manning mentioned there are new signs at Holland Pond. Jean used that comment as a Segway, noting the section’s periodic Holland Pond area meetings and excursions. There was a  mention of implementing a Trails to Every Classroom program,

Secretary’s Report – NEKGMC Secretary, Michael Chernick, reviewed the Secretary’s Minutes from the fall 2015 meeting:

MOTION [Steinert/Barnes] to approve the fall 2015 Secretary’s Minutes as presented

Approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report – NEKGMC Treasurer, Cathi Brooks,reviewed the latest NEKGMC Treasurer’s report:

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club 

Quarterly Financial Statement

As of January 9, 2016

Operating Account

Beginning Balance (as of October 3, 2015)                                                                             $2714.34


Dues Sharing                      August                                                                                                  $231.25

September                                                                                         $133.75

October                                                                                               $146.25

November                                                                                          $96.25

Expenses                                                                                                                                                             0


Ending Balance                                                                                                                                                 $3321.84

Certificate of Deposit

CD #1                                    ….3785/Matures 6/27/2016 @.25%                                          $1549.78

Cd#2                                      ……4489/ Matures 1/12/16 @.40 %                                           $1707.19

Grand Total ALL Monies                                                                                                                               $6578.81

Cathi Brooks

Treasurer                                                                                                                                                            January 9, 2016

Cathi noted that CD#2 matures on Tuesday January 12, 2016.  A one-year renewal will result in a.40% interest rate. Discussion ensued on whether to renew and for the duration of any renewal.

Motion [Chernick/Kennedy] That CD# 2 be renewed for one year.

Approved unanimously

Annual Meeting Donation from NEKGMC to Main Club – The NEKGMC Executive Committee had previously authorized a $500.00 section donation that has not yet been forwarded to the Main Club.

Motion [Barnes//Guest] That the NEKGMC donate $1,000.00 to the Main Club for  Annual Meeting expenses with the donated funds being placed in a restricted account. Ed

Approved unanimously

*Cathi Brooks will e-mail the Main Club on the decision and send the check this coming week.

Director’s Report – Jean informed the section that the Main Club Board conducted a retreat and that a new governance plan, five -year strategic plan, and five- year budget plan will be developed. She announced the GMC Winterfest on Saturday February 6. Michael will co-lead a hike up Stimson Mountain Jean will post the Winterfest announcement on NEKGMC digital media.

2016 Annual Meeting – The NEKGMC Section is hosting the 2016 GMC (Main Club) Annual Meeting on Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11, 2016. Cathi and Jean Haigh will co-lead the planning for this event to be held at Lyndon State College (LSC). Rooms, in the newest dorm, for overnight stays, will be available for rent, for $25.00 per night. Prices for weekend registration and meals will be reasonable. Registration information for this event will be included in the Spring 2016 Long Trail News. There will be access to the LSC pool and climbing wall. Charlotte Porcelli, the LSC events coordinator, has been extremely helpful. Jean, Cathi, and Charlotte, have been working with GMC Executive Director, Mike DeBonis and GMC Membership Coordinator, Jenny Montagne to prepare for this event, and the contract is now signed. Copies of the agreement will be e-mailed to interested NEKGMC members.

Friday the 10th features an evening reception on the patio (cash bar and appetizers) at LSC from 5:30-8:00 P.M., possibly with  ghost stories from Beth Kanell or music. Dinner is on your own. Saturday begins with a bird walk (Lee Allen).Breakfast follows, and then the full membership general meeting, Lunch and the short board meeting  will follow. The afternoon is comprised of hikes, paddles, and bike rides. Saturday is concluded with a cocktail reception, dinner (including raffle prize drawings), and a speaker to be determined. Kevin inquired if the Wheeler Camps should be reserved. It was decided in the affirmative. Ed and Janet offered to help develop a local restaurant list (including hours).Ed and Pam will e-mail Jean and Cathi with that info. We should also list alternatives for non-outdoor options in case of inclement weather. Jean will ask  Beth Kanell if she would be interested in offering a selection of Northeast Kingdom tales on Friday evening, if Mike and Jen approve. Beth Kanell presented a similar, and well received, program at the 2004 NEKGMC Annual Meeting at Burke Mountain. Alternatively, Jean will speak to Pam concerning musical entertainment options.

As for a Saturday evening speaker, several ideas were offered including Jennifer Hannux of Northeast Kingdom Photography in Hartland, Chris Bouchard (formerly a Fairbanks Museum meteorologist) on chasing tornadoes, or Lawrence Pryne, the host of VPT’s Outdoor Journal. He filmed a segment with the NorthWoods Stewardship Center crew building the Middle Mountain Trail. He also interviewed Jean and Mike DeBonis on the Bluff Mountain Trail.

Camps Committee – Jean updated everyone on the Main Club’s Camps’ Committee (Bolton Lodge, Bryant Camp (should be done by summer 2016), Wheeler Pond Camps (2) and Headwaters Camp (on Plumb Creek Land),. Various matters will need to be addressed before Headwaters is more widely used, possibly in 2017. Cathi Brooks also serves on the committee.

Trail Adopters – Kevin Williamson, NEKGMC Trail Adopter, reported pretty good coverage right now. His priority for trail maintenance this spring will be on those trails scheduled for an Annual Meeting hike. We need someone for Bluff and the Nome Trail at Wheeler Pond. Maintenance work includes primarily use ofhazel hoes, loppers, clippers, and axes in particular. The Main Club offers trail maintenance workshops a couple of times a year.Jean asked Cheryl Byrne, who has served as a Main Club seasonal Field Assistant to offer a trail maintaining workshop this spring, for the NEKGMC, and she agreed.


The following outings were scheduled:

Jan 31 – Pisgah South, Angela/Ami

Feb 13- Middle Mountain Loop, Jean

February 20- Perry Holbrook, Jean

Feb 28 – Lake Constance-Eagle Cliff (NH), Kevin

March date to be determined – Burke Red-CCC –J Bar loop, Cathi

March 20 – Mad Brook Trail, Michael

NEKGMC Annual Meeting – April 9 (Sat) at Burke Club House (4:00 PM Executive and 5:00 PM General) with a trail maintenance workshop preceding

Motion to adjourn approved unanimously at 12:15 P.M

Michael Chernick, Secretary

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club


Annual Meeting

March 23, 2013


Annual Meeting Minutes

Meeting convened at approximately 5:30pm (following potluck dinner)


Attending: Jean Haigh, Catherine Brooks, Kevin Williamson, Joe Anastasia, Luke O’Brien, Michael Chernick, Steve Farrow, Dennis Naughton, Judy Anastasia


Jean called the meeting to order @ 6:32pm and facilitated on behalf of Section President Chris Rice, who was unable to attend.


Secretary Report- Luke presented 1/5/13 meeting minutes, motion to accept (Joe/ Michael) approved unanimously


Treasurer’s Report- Total club monies: checking= $1175.20; CDs= $3227.64; total= $4402.84


Election of Officers- Luke presented slate of officers on behalf of nominating committee, includes: president- Chris Rice, vice president- Steve Farrow, Secretary- Cathi Brooks, Treasurer- Joe Anastasia; motion to accept (Nom. Comm.) approved unanimously. Luke will transfer prior Secretaries documents to Michael for archival purposes.


Directors Report- Michael Chernick (Section Director) provided an update; staff reductions took place at the club as result of budget deficit; working with new CFO to transition club to greater financial stability; Winooski crossing moving forward; dues going up $5 (individual) and $10 (family); board approved purchase of Headwaters Camp; Bromley tower replacement and Annual Mtg at Stratton were discussed; new snowshoe hikes book in process; Bolton project completed in partnership with Vermont Land Trust, including GMC management of 2 lodges; Taconic Rambles- GMC will act as back-up/secondary easement holder for VLT conservation project in SW Vermont; Smugglers Notch- Route 108 relocation and Barnes Camp improvement projects will move forward this summer


Wind- there has been no action on the SMW application before PSB; Governor’s siting commission will provide recommendations late April; local legistlators drafted a resolution (JRH 8) calling on FAA to approve radar activated lights for turbines.


Trails and Shelters- Luke provided a brief update on pending projects by NorthWoods youth crews on local trails; also status of Unknown Pond Trail (planning in progress); there was some discussion on Trail adoption and need for help, will be listed in next LTN?


Other business- following discussion regarding the GMC purchase of the Headwaters Camp there was a motion (Michael/Steve) that, subject to the finalizing of a legal agreement, the NEK Section will donate $500.00 towards the leasehold purchase price of the Headwaters Camp subject to the following condition: The transfer of the $500.00 contribution from the NEKGMC to the main club shall not be made until after the completion of the first of the five $2,000.00 purchase payments from the GMC to Norm Greason. If for any reason, the sale is not consummated, and the first $2,000.00 payment to Norm Greason is not made, then the NEKGMC’s $500.00 gift towards the purchase of the Headwaters Camp leasehold is withdrawn. Approved unanimously. There was extensive discussion and general agreement that the NEK Section supports the purchase of the camp (financially and as part of the NEK Sections trail plans).


Dates- a number of hikes/outings were discussed:

Headwaters Camp/ Unknown Pond- April 21 (Sunday)

Perry Holbrook SP- April 28 (Sunday)

Wheeler Pond Work Day- May 11 (Saturday)

Middle Mountain Trail- May 18

GMC Annual Meeting- June 8 at Stratton

Bald Mountain- June 15

NEK summer meeting (at Holland Pond, tbd)- June 29

Monadnock Mountain- July 27


MOTION to adjourn (Judy/Kevin) approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:50pm


Respectfully Submitted,


Luke O’Brien

NEK Section Secretary (emeritus)

NEK GMC Annual Meeting 3/23/12 at the East Burke Club house at 5 PM. Hike TBD

Hike to Stannard Mountain Overlook on December 20, 2012.

Snow, and enough to use snowshoes. What a sight to behold following two days of cold rain.  NEKGMC members Kevin and Chris were happy to strap on the old snowshoes and hike into Stannard Mountain overlook today.  Although there were a number of brook crossings, following the snowmobile trail to the lookout presented few difficulties. There was one large blow down that we had to walk around but otherwise it was an easy hike out to the lookout and back. We saw no signs of snowmobile activity.

Across the beaver meadow in a west, southwesterly direction.

Perry Holbrook State Park late season workday on December 16th, 2012.

It’s not the usual time of year to hold a work day and so it wasn’t unexpected that just a couple of unusual members of the NEKGMC, Bart Selle and Chris Rice, showed up.  The weather was cold but there was no snow when we started out.  We did some clipping beyond the camp on Round Pond and on our way to Long Pond.   We took the trail up to the overlook and had lunch. Beyond the overlook the trail was not well marked but there were flags from an early hike pretty much still in place. We got to the summit without much difficulty. On the way down we had a few points at which we lost the flags. The snow had started by then and the wind began to pick up. Given the weather we decided to just make our way back to Long Pond where we picked up the trail just on the other side of the boat house. We managed to do enough clipping to make it easier to pick-up the work in the Spring. It’s a beautiful hike and would be a great snowshoe but for the section of trail that goes from Mud Pond to the summit expect difficulty in following the markers. If it’s snowing be prepared to bushwack and bring your compass. Another great day on the NEK trails.

Long Pond (right) and Round Pond (left) from the overlook on Big Rock Mountain.


Please Send me your news of your hikes and trails in the Kingdom.

Approved 1/5/13

aBusiness Meeting – Saturday October 13, 2012

 (Submitted by Michael Chernick, NEK GMC  Acting Secretary)


  1. Call to Order – NEKGMC  President Jean Haigh called the meeting to order at 5:40 PM with 11 people  in attendance.
  2. Secretary’s Report – In the absence of the secretary, there was not a secretary’s report presentation.  Lenny Targonski  hosted the summer meeting. Steve Farrow   joined the Executive Committee in July. The Executive Committee  voted $750.00 to Northwoods Stewardship Center for continued Middle Mountain work and a $250.00 to the main club for the same purpose. There was discussion on progress  on the Middle Mountain and Jean noted that Department Forest Park and Recreation has approved the trail work just beyond the summit that was completed this summer.
  3. Main Club Board Report – Michael Chernick reported on highlights from the last main club board meeting including developments on the Winooski Bridge crossing, intellectual property issues, and the proposed Bolton lodges proposal.
  4. Treasurer’s Report – Joe Anastasia presented the treasurer’s report referred to several recent donations to the section and current total of $4,168.89. Special mention was made of Reggie Ellingswoth passing. Reggie was a selectboard member in Lemington who was very helpful in the Monadnock tower project. The  section sent a memorial contribution to the Vermont Rivers Conservancy in his memory
  5. Winooski River Crossing Update – Because the construction of the new bridge will not begin until next year, a ground breaking ceremony was replaced with a hike. Over two dozen  persons hiked along a proposed flag line up Stimson Mountain. The flagline is extremely step . A proposed land acquisition (not definite yet) would allow switchbacks  to be developed.
  6. Main Club Trails Management – The proposed Bromley tower replacement remains under discussion. A new research center in the current building on top of Mt. Mansfield is being examined.
  7. Energy Siting Commission- The governor, in part due to the request of five land  conservation organizations including the GMC  has formed a new energy siting commission which will look at industrial wind ridge line development and other energy siting issues. The letter seeking the commission, which the governor has not acknowledged will now be released.  The commission’s report is due in April.
  8. Glen Ellen Shelter – Jean reported on the helicopter drop at Glenn Ellen Shelter. The shelter (At Glen Ellen North) which dated to the 1930s was rebuilt this summer.
  9. Sterling College –GMC Executive Director Will Wiquist and Jean met with John Zaber, a Sterling College dean along with the Sterling College Outing Club Chair. The college is interested in developing a formal relationship with the NEKGMC. The hope is that members of the Sterling Outing Club will become actively involved in trail work and the section. Luke stated that five Sterling alumni now work at Northwoods.
  10. Wheeler Pond Camp – Pete Antos-Ketcham submitted a report on Wheeler developments (see attachment). There will be small picnic pavilions constructed to discourage cooking in the camps.. Pete hopes to have more detailed information on replacement was reconstruction costs in time for a January meeting. But in the interim, new windows could be installed at Hadsel Mares as a short term improvement. Luke suggested a retaining wall adjacent to the regular entrance at Hadsel. Rental occupancy continues to be at a good level.
  11. Middle Mountain- Luke reported on the great summer at Middle Mountain. The trail now extends slightly beyond  the summit of Middle Mountain and has been officially approved.  Luke would prefer that all the signs  be the same. There is need for communication with Jerry Devost for his land. As an aside, there is a whole new trail (same pathway) on Gore .
  12. Seneca Wind – Newark has voted to amend its town plan to prohibit upper elevation development.  Brighton is still reviewing its town plan. The process is still continuing.
  13. Perry Holbrrok State Park- The section hiked the proposed trail restorationin Perry Holbrook State Park. The park was a gift to the state from the Holbrook family. A Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation hearing will be held Monday evening October 15 at Sheffield Town Hall on  the park’s proposed management plan and management plans two other proposals cumulatively known as the Heights.
  14. Trails & Shelters Report – Trail adoption needs to be updated with respect to assignments and trails requiring an adopter. Luke has fixed the trail register at Bald Mountain. Luke requested that if you collect register sheets please place the name of the trail on the sheet. Luke has been hanging signs on the back sides of Moose and Hor and Burke. Sign work is still needed on Pisgah. The Monadnock Trail has been reblazed. Luke spoke of a desire to conduct trail work on the state  sections of Bald. Luke would like to work with the state and Burke to construct a hiking information kiosk on the summit of Burke. There will be a trail symposium at Monitor Barn in Richmond on Saturday October 20.

15.Hikes & Outing- A hike schedule was developed and will be posted on the web.

  1. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned by a unanimous vote. Next meeting 1/5/13

Averill and Brousseau Mtns

Updated on Saturday · Taken in Averill, Vermont

NEK-GMC members Kevin Williamson and Chris Rice lucked out on the weather for a trip up to Averill, VT. We hiked Averill Mtn and then Brousseau Mtn. Both are short hikes with steep grades. We then drove along Gaudette Road into the Conte National Wildlife Refuge. We passed by an amazing rock chimney. Once in the Refuge we visited all the main attractions, Lewis Pond Overlook, Lewis Pond, and Mollie Bog

NEK-GMC members Jean, Linda, Cathi, and Chris were joined by Walter Pomroy and Bruce McDonald (and Lettie his dog) for a hike up the new trail to Middle Mountain. Good hiking weather with a cloud overcast and cool temperatures. The trail’s condition was leaf covered and wet, so care was need to maintain footing. It’s good to report there were no mishaps. This group kept a lively pace to the summit of Middle Mountain, stopped for lunch and went on to the trail’s end about 2/10 of a mile beyond the summit. On the descent it rained lightly for a time, but a good hike was had by all.

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club

Annual Meeting

March 31, 2012 

General Meeting Minutes

Meeting convened at 5:45pm (following potluck dinner)

Jean called the meeting to order at 5:45pm and welcomed everyone. Following introductions the minutes of January 14 meeting were approved. Meeting called to order by Section President Jean Haigh

Directors Report

Michael provided and update of GMC board activity including 2013 revision of website, interest in replacing Bromley fire tower and the Winooski River Crossing which will be dedicated this fall (hopefully). Annual meeting is coming up in June. $10,000 was spent on crews this past season to help with tropical storm Irene clean-up. This affected the end of year budget. Wind policy revisions as a result of Lowell/Deerfield projects includes language on radar lighting, site remediation, and NEK Heritage Lands. 2013 budget of 1.8M was approved. A house bill is pending that addresses the protection of conservation easements, GMC will participate in a summer study committee. A recent audit identified segregation of duties relative to the director of finance and club finances. A search for  a new director of finance is underway. GMC updated its board conflict of interest policy, approved a new wind policy which is more critical but open to support, if practical. Chris asked about geographic range of GMC wind policy and Jean and Michael clarified that policy only applies to GMC managed corridors.

President’s Report

Jean provided Winooski update, including recent $25,000 donation and easement/land acquisitions for Smith property in Bolton and overStimsonMountain. All properties are secured under GMC control.

Treasurer’s Report

Joe gave an update on club section finances, including $1315.24 in checking plus dues sharing.

Exec Comm Motion (no second needed) to donate $50 to Melissa Jenkins memorial fund. Approved by acclamation.

Nominating Committee

Jean provided an update on nominating committee and required change to bylaws eliminating term limits for all officers except section director.

Exec Comm Motion (no second needed) to amend bylaws as presented (eliminating term limits for section officers). Approved by acclamation.

Motion (Gary Aubin/Luke O’Brien) to approve the slate of officers for 2012 including Jean Haigh (interim P), Kevin Williamson (VP) Luke O’Brien (S) and Joe Anastasia (T). Passed

Other business

Jean asked for photos, quotes and summaries of hikes/outings for website and facebook. Kevin offered to head up newsletter which will be in web format or printable pdf. Luke updated section on 2012 work plan for NEK trails, including 2 weeks each of work on Middle andGoreMountainsand possibly one week of fall work on Middle. Volunteers are welcome and there will be a volunteer day on June 10 after the Annual Meeting in Jay. The annual meeting will be hosted byJayPeakand coordinated by the NEK and Northern Frontier sections, and include Long Trail beer, skit, tram rides, and hikes. Sign up on-line. The Long Trail needs help from route 118 to Hazen’s Notch. The Randonee ‘section’ can’t do required work and Northern Frontier is asking for volunteers before annual meeting. Kevin will provide updated list of trail adopters and coordinate with Mari at main club.

Outings and hikes

The following events were scheduled: april 17- volunteer training at GMC

April 21 hike atHolbrookState Park(Chris)

April 28 hike to CCC camp in Westmore (Steve)

May 5 hike to Barr Hill inGreensboro(Kevin)

May 12 Wheeler Pond Camp

May 18 hikeBluffMountain(Luke)

May 19 hikeHaystackMountain(Steve)

June 2 hikeGrotonStateForest(Jean)

June 30 hikeMonadnockMountain(Michael/Cathi)

July 21 Summer meeting at Lenny’s camp on Holland Pond


Motion to adjourn (Chris/Michael) at 7:05. Approved.

Next Meeting

July 22, 2012 at Lenny Targonski’s Camp on Holland Pond

Respectfully Submitted,

Luke O’Brien

NEK Section Secretary


Tillotson Pond


Multiflora Rose on Long Trail North to Tillotson

Landslide on Belvidere

Saturday , June 16th 2012 NEK members Jean Haigh and Chris Rice, joined Walter Pomroy (Northern Frontier section) for a hike to check out the scar on Belvidere Mt. (3360’) in the northern section of Division 11. The scar is easily visible from the Old Mines road. You get a good view of the east side of the Mountain (see photo). We hiked in on the Forester’s trail, took a fix on an approach to the scar (we didn’t bushwack over to the scar because the hobblebush cover was dense and unforgiving on bare legs) and reached the summit in time for a snack. Evidence of the scar (toppled trees) was not visible from the fire tower. The Lowell ridge scaring and the abandon asbestos plant (see 9 June 2012 posting) was still there. We headed north on the LT to the Tillotson Camp. A short stop at Beaver Pond showed that there are beavers with a new lodge and a quite efficient dam in evidence. After lunch at Tillotson Camp we took the Frank Post trail for the return to the parking area. At the juncture of the Frank Post and Forester trails, Walter discovered that someone had ripped the Forester Trail sign from the tree and done so just since we began the hike. What a puzzle. None-the-less it was good outing with in good company.

3 hours ago ·

CCC Ring

Dolloff Pond CCC Camp hike 4/28 12 Mustering the groupMembers of the NEK section of the Green Mountain Club hike about the section of the Willoughby State Forest that was once the site of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 121. Steve Farrow lead the hike and provide an overview of probable locations of the structures built by the CCC. We found many of the sites had partial remaining artifacts. This hike, short on “trail miles” was huge on history.By Christopher RiceOwl’s Head walkabout – 4/3/2012

The southern end of the Benton range, Owl’s head has an appealing cliff-face. Too appealing for the hearty band of GMCNEK bushwhackers to pass up. With Kevin leading, Bart and Chris set off across the Oliverian Brook and up a steepening ridge line to the northeast. While there was speculation that a pre-WWII trail once lead to the top of the cliff at Owl’ s Head we only found rock tumbles, blow downs, and hucklebrush as we made our way up the ridge-line. Just below the crest in the beginning of a red pine growth Chris spotted a marked stake. Grave assurances all around proclaimed it evidence of the “old trail” (see pic). As is often the case the quick conclusion proved to be in error as soon after cresting the ridge we in fact came upon a yellow blazed trail that lead us to the cliff and what appeared to be a tenting area complete with fire place and lounge chair. We took the trail southward for our return and after several twists and turns brought on by Forest Service cutting operations we landed on a the dirt road to Long Pond. After a stop for lunch at the Jeffers Brook BBQ pit (see video) we took the Townline Trail , part of the AT, to Jeffers Shelter and on back to Oliverian Brook. Nice hike.  By Christopher Rice

Qwl’s Head Walk about

Holbrook State Park

Members of the NEK section of the GMC hiked in Holbrook state park on Saturday, April 21 2012. Despite heavy overcast the hike proceeded along mostly dry ground in a meander through mixed woods along the northwestern edges of Round, Long, and Mud ponds. Returning from Mud pond we began the summit trail to Big Rock Hill (elev. ~2100ft). We flagged as the original blue blaze marks have grown faint with age. Upon reaching the summit we stopped for lunch admiring the 360 view (although only through the leafless hardwoods). The descent took us to an overlook with fine views of Long and Round ponds below and to the south and west in the distance. The woods above the ponds were covered in early spring wild flowers, a visual treat. It was an easy hike in good company. By Christopher Rice

Perry Holbrook State Park Overlook

Approved 3/31/12

Northeast Kingdom Section – Green Mountain Club

Combined Executive and General Winter Quarterly Meeting

Lenny Targonski’s Camp – Holland, Vermont

January 14, 2012

  1. Call to Order – NEK President Jean Haigh called the meeting to order at approximately 2:00 P.M. This combined executive and general meeting followed a morning winter’s hike to the Round Pond Shelter and a pot luck lunch featuring a broad assortment of baked goods. She welcomed everyone and commented on the good attendance.
  2. Secretary’s Minutes -The membership reviewed the October 2011 quarterly minutes which acting NEKGMC Secretary Michael Chernick prepared.

Motion [Targonsky/Judy Anastasia] approve the Secretary’s minutes as presented.

Approved unanimously

Jean stated her desire to post the secretary’s minutes prior to the next meeting on the NEKGMC Website once the secretary has submitted the document. Acting Secretary Michael Chernick stated they should be approved prior to posting. The membership decided, without a formal vote, that the minutes will be posted as Draft Minutes.

  1. Board of Directors Report- NEKGMC Director Michael Chernick stated he did not have a director’s report to present as the main club’s board of directors has not met since the last NEKGMC meeting. The board is scheduled to meet next on Saturday January 21, 2012.

MOTION [Judy Anastasia/Ed Guest] that the treasurer’s report be approved.

Approved unanimously

  1. Annual Donation to the Burke Mountain Club – In recognition of the continuing hospitality of the Burke Mountain Club (BMC), the NEKGMC annually donates a thank you contribution to the BMC.

MOTION [Ed Guest/Karen Guest] That the NEKGMC donate $100.00 to the Burke Mountain Club.

Approved unanimously

  1. President’s Report – NEKGMC President Jean Haigh reported that the section is now the fastest growing in the GMC. She thanked everyone for coming and suggested a future ski trip around Holland Pond as well as a fall hike. The Fiscal Year 2013 main club budget is going to be balanced. The main club will be introducing a new Website.

Turning to the new Winooski River Crossing project, Jean detailed the route across the railroad tracks, under a Route 89 culvert, and across various lands for which the GMC has either acquired easements or has purchased. The total cost will be approximately $1,000.000.00. To date, $780,000,000 is in hand including the $250,000 gift from Don Zwick. The club still needs to raise $200,000.00 to $300,000.00 more. Main club board members are being solicited.

With respect to membership, the number of voting members has fallen slighty below 10,000, and an effort to raise that number up is being initiated. Jean reminded everyone of the importance of not going ahead of the group on a GMC sanctioned (advertised hike) as these outings are covered under the main club’s insurance policy. The Legal Committee has discussed not providing insurance coverage for kayaking and bicycling trips. On another topic, she reported on the GMC’s assumption from the Dartmouth Outing Club of official trail maintenance responsibilities for the segment of Appalachian Trail extending from Route 12 in Barnard east to the Connecticut River in Norwich.

  1. NEKGMC Annual Meeting – The 2012 annual meeting of the NEKGMC will take place on March 31 (rescheduled from the originally announced April 7) at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse in East Burke. Jean reminded the membership that she will assume the main club presidency this spring and that she can not continue as section president. The question of term limits was reviewed again. Michael Chernick indicated the section had not totally eliminated term limits. There was some confusion on this point. Michael agreed to review the bylaws to verify this matter. If they have not already been stricken, this item will be on the NEKGMC’s annual meeting agenda.
  2. Nominating Committee – Jean again raised the issue of her continuing to serve as NEKGMC President following the expiration of her current term at the annual meeting. She is especially concerned that new hike leaders are needed. For now, the question of who will serve as section president for 2012-2013 was left undecided. However, Jean did state a willingness to continue in this role. Other officers were not discussed. Since then, Chris Rice has graciously agreed to assume the presidency next January or March, oncc he retires from FIU.
  3. Long Pond Road – A major tree cutting has occurred along Long Pond Road in Westmore. Vince Dotoli (the owner of half of the Long Pond Trail) contacted Jean requesting that GMC support his complaint against the town, Jean replied that GMC did not have legal standing and would not file a complaint.
  4. GMC Director of Operations Pete Antos-Ketcham submitted a report informing the section that the pro bono consultancy engineering report should be submitted in late January. It was decided that a WPC committee meeting will be held as soon as the report has been received with Pete in attendence.
  5. Trails & Shelters Update – Luke O’Brien, in his role as Trails & Shelters Coordinator, submitted a progress report on current and proposed construction of the new trail located on the Kingdom Heritage Lands (former Champion Lands) and the status of trail registers at NEK trailheads: The Anastasias took some trail sign-in forms for the trail registers near them.

Trails and Shelters Report

January 2012

Middle Mountain Trail

Work on Middle Mountain continues to progress. GMC and NorthWoods completed approximately 1-mile of trail construction to Split Rock in 2011 and a funding proposal has been submitted to fund another 1-mile of trail to the summit of Middle. On December 2, GMC partners reviewed a draft ‘flagline’ to the Middle Mountain Summit and several positive route changes were confirmed. The summit route is near to a final layout and will undergo final review before trail construction, if funded, begins this summer.

Additional scouting is taking place on the south side of the mountain, in anticipation of 2013 trail construction. This will be divided into two phases. The first phase will include construction of the Unknown Pond Trail from the Hurricane Road on 114 up to a lookout over Norton Pond (Catamount Ledge?). The second phase will climb to the summit and complete the over-mountain route. Efforts to site connector trails to Unknown Pond and the Bluff Ridge are continuing.

With funding, NorthWoods will field a Backcountry Crew for 2 weeks on Middle this summer (as well as 2 weeks on the upper Gore Trail). We hope to include as many GMC volunteers as possible, including a potential volunteer day following the GMC Annual Meeting at Jay Peak in June.

Trail Registers

NorthWoods received a small grant to construct (thanks to Steve Farrow) and install trailhead registers at a number of trails throughout the NEK. We are currently looking for adopters to collect information and report maintenance issues. Register maintenance includes removing/adding sign-in sheets, as needed and inspecting boxes for damage. Minor repairs (with screwdriver, stapler, pliers, etc.) may be required. For most trails, spring and fall check-ins are sufficient however on busier trails (i.e. Pisgah) more frequent checks may be needed. NorthWoods will provide sign-in and information sheets (maps, etc), as needed.

Available registers include: Bald (LP), Pisgah (N and S), Hor, Moose in Westmore; Burke Mountain (Red Trail); Brousseau and Monadnock Mountains. Contact Luke if you are interested.


Jean reported on the December 2, 2011 partners hike involving Plum Creek Lands Chris Fife forester, Brendan Kelly, forester , Ed O’Leary, the Chief of Operations at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and GMC, including current Executive Director Will Wyquist and former Executive Director Ben Rose. Dependent on funding, as described in Luke O’Brien’s report, the trail is slated for extension to the summit of Middle Mountain in 2012 and in the Unknown Pond Area in 2013.

  1. GMC 2012 Annual Meeting – The 2012 GMC Annual Meeting will be a jointly hosted (NEKGMC/Northern Frontier) event to be held at the Jay Peak Resort the weekend of June 8-9. The resort is generously donating the site free of charge. The Friday night activities will feature a barbecue, free passage on the tram to the summit of Jay Peak and a skit dramatizing the correspondence between then GMC President George Pearlstein and a young Ohioan, known as John Doe, contemplating an LT through hike. Camping on site will also be available at no charge. For the standard fees, participants may use the water park, skate at the skating rink, or rent a hotel room.

The Saturday program features the GMC annual business meeting, a brief board meeting, lunch and afternoon hikes. Jean listed the hikes being offered including a flat along the Newport Rail Trail, Steeper trips include hikes to the summit of Jay Peak,, Journey’s End, Shooting Star shelter,, and possibly Tillotson Camp. Following the Saturday evening dinner, Ed O’Leary of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, will offer a presentation on the natural history of Vermont.

As an invigorating conclusion to the weekend, on Sunday June 10 there will be work hikes scheduled including one on the Middle Mountain Trail.

  1. Trail Adopters – NEKGMC Vice President & Trails Adopter Coordinator Kevin Williamson will e-mail to the membership a list of trails available for adoption in the NEK. Several NEKGMC section members are already serving as adopters.
  2. Future Outings

Saturday January 28 – Unknown Pond – Leader Jean Haigh

Saturday February 4 – GMC Snowshoe Festival – Waterbury

Saturday February 11 Wheeler Mountain Road– Joe & Judy Anastasia

Saturday February 18 – Moose Mountain – Jean Haigh

Saturday February 25 – Mount Pisgah (South Trail)

Sunday March 4- Bald Mountain – Jean Haigh

  1. Next Meting – The NEKGMC Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday March 31 at 5:00 P.M. at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse
  2. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned on a motion of Judy Anastasia (Joe Anastasia seconding) at 3:20 P.M.

Submitted by Acting Secretary Michael Chernick