Jeffersonville, VT Natural Capital: Smuggler’s Notch

Natural capitals are the stock of a locality’s renewable, and non-renewable resources. One of the most important natural capitals in Jeffersonville, Vermont is Smugglers’ Notch. Not only is this an important source of income for the town (which I won’t go into now), but Smugglers’ Notch also has Sterling Hiking trail, and other lovely and scenic trails and views. In all the town boasts access to 12.7 miles of hiking trails, some of which connect onto the Long Trail (Vermont State Park). The trails are managed by Vermont State Parks, and are free to the public. They attract not only locals to the area, but also a substantial amount of tourism from people visiting both Stowe, and Smugglers’ Notch. They are a great way for residents to get outside, and partake in recreational activities. School trips bring children to the mountain to hike Sterling, and some people hike the trail almost everyday when it is nice, many bringing their dogs. Maintaining these scenic resources is an important part of the town plan. The town plan states “development in the Sterling and Madonna Ridge view shed shall be designed and sited so as not to negatively impact the scenic quality of the area” (Town and Village of Cambridge Vermont, 2013). This was adopted by both the Cambridge Village Trustees, and Select-board. Smugglers’ Notch is also home to a ski resort, where a lot of the locals, as well as people from all over the world, come to ski and snowboard. It is a good way to get people outside in the winter. All in all Smugglers’ Notch is an important natural capital for the Jeffersonville community because it provides a variety of ways for people to get outside, and be a part of nature.

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Sterling Hiking Trail. Naomi Cunningham. 2016.

References:

Town and Village of Cambridge Vermont.( 2013). Municipal Development Plan (2013-18). Cambridge Planning Commission. Retrived from http://www.lcpcvt.org/vertical/Sites/%7B3C01460C-7F49-40F5-B243-0CA7924F23AF%7D/uploads/Cambridge_Adopted_Plan.pdf

Green Mountain Club. Accessed: September 22, 2016. Smugglers’ Notch Trail Map. Retrieved from http://www.vtstateparks.com/pdfs/smuggstrails.pdf