Ashley Outings

Fall 2020

Note: Thankful for it, but due to rain in the forecast, we are rescheduling David Paganelli’s “Reading the Landscape” walk for this Sunday, October 18th from 9-11am.

Due to the pandemic, Spring and Summer outings were cancelled. Below are listing for two outings offered in October 2020. Stay tuned for spring 2021 Outings.

The Alliance for Vermont Communities bring you two natural history and historical outings at the Ashley Community Forest in the month of October, 2020. The goal of the outings is to invite local residents to explore and appreciate the land.

Naturalist Walk

with Micki Colbeck and Tii McLane

Sunday, October 11, 2020   9:00 to 11:00am.

Join local naturalists Micki Colbeck and Tii McLane for a walk as the woods prepare for winter. We will explore ferns, mosses, flowering plants, and birds as we hike the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited to 10 participants. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@gmail.com or 802.889.3210.

Please wear appropriate footwear, a facial mask and take tick prevention measures by wearing light colored clothing and long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Elisabeth “Tii” McLane lives in Strafford, Vermont and works as a self-employed Forester/Forest Ecologist. She has 28 years of experience in the natural sciences, with extensive field experience in forestry and wildlife management, botany, and general field ecology. Tii has served on Strafford’s Conservation Commission, and is a member of Linking Lands Alliance.

Micki Colbeck is a recent graduate of Antioch University, with a masters in Conservation Biology.  She serves on the Strafford Conservation Commission and the Alliance for Vermont Communities and writes about humans in the natural environment for the Valley News Perspectives under the moniker, “A Solitary Walker.

Reading the Landscape

with David Paganelli

Sunday October 18, 2020   9:00 to 11:30am.

Using a sharp eye for clues, David will reveal past uses of the the Ashley Community Forest and ways to interpret any wooded landscape. The site is rich with remains to its past as a sheep farm including beautiful stone walls and foundations. The hike will be led by, David Paganelli, Orange County Forester.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited to 10 participants. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@gmail.com or 802.889.3210.

Please wear appropriate footwear, a facial mask and take tick prevention measures by wearing light colored clothing and long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

David Pagenelli has served as Orange County Forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation since 1989. In addition to administering the Current Use program for forestland in Orange County, David also manages 30 municipal forests totaling approximately 4,500 acres. David and his wife, Judith Falk, own Clover Hill Tree Farm in South Strafford and have been active in hosting and leading programs on silviculture, wildlife habitat improvement, invasive plant treatment, and many other forest management topics. Clover Hill Tree Farm was named Vermont’s Outstanding Tree Farm for 2015.

The Outings listed below were offered in the spring, summer and fall of 2019.

Everyone Welcome!

The Alliance for Vermont Communities in partnership with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies are glad to offer a series of hikes led by local naturalists in the Ashley Community Forest, a beautiful 256-acre wooded area which straddles the Sharon and Strafford boundary.

This land has been purchased thanks to generous donors, the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and will be conserved for generations to come. The Alliance for Vermont Communities plans to give the land to both towns to be used as a community resource for recreation, wildlife, historic preservation, timber, and scenic beauty in the voters of the towns accept the gift.

Conservation Commission members from Strafford and Sharon are working together with Alliance members, the Vermont Land Trust and the selectboards to prepare legal and management structures for potential common ownership by the towns, including development of a management plan. Public input will be important in drafting the plan.

The walks are free!  But space is limited.  Please register by contacting Michael Sacca at 802.889.3210 or mfsacca@gmail.com. Directions will be provided upon registration.

Ashley Outings Schedule: Fall 2019

September 21 – Mosses  9:00am-11:30am    Mike Hebb and Alan Strickland          Learn More

September 28 – Bedrock Geology of the Ashley Community Forest  9:00-11:30am     Peter and Thelma Thompson        Learn More

October 5      –  Trees    9:00-11:30am      Paul Harwood       Learn More

October 12 –    – Cellar Holes & Stone Walls  9:00am-11:30am      Paul Kristensen   Learn More

October 13      – Fall Mushrooms  9:00am-11:30am         Peter Brooke & Ray Sehnal          Learn More