Longtrail 100 BlogBy Steve Zind
I have been enjoying Vermont's Long Trail for over 40 years as a hiker, a caretaker and as a Ranger-naturalist. I have always cherished the expansive, wilderness-like views that one gets from the numerous high peaks and ridgelines along the trail. The thought of many of these views being despoiled by industrial wind development is extremely sad. I think that anyone who holds dear any view of any ridgeline along the Long Trail ought to be paying attention to the powerful push by the wind industry to put 400+ foot machines along numerous mountains clearly visible from the Trail. I consider this type of development the greatest threat to the Long Trail experience as we have come to know and love it.Heidi Lowell
VPR is marking the 100th anniversary of The Long Trail with a month-long series of reports and essays. Through this series, we'll explore the history and future of The Long Trail and introduce listeners to the people who built, maintain and hike it today.