announced July 5, 2018
From the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund....
Forest and recreation industries align on East Burke’s Kingdom Trails
Sawmills were East Burke’s first industry, bringing brave and adventurous souls to the northern reaches of Vermont to work, establish farms and, eventually, build the local school, church and meeting house that would become the village of East Burke. It wasn’t until the mid-1900’s that residents began to think about building a tourism industry around the area’s natural resources, including Burke Mountain and nearby Lake Willoughby. Today, brave and adventurous souls travel to East Burke to mountain bike down Sidewinder, a double black diamond on the 10,000 acre, world-renowned Kingdom Trails. But rather than displace the industry on which the town was founded, the trail network and resulting rise in tourism has deepened partnerships with the trail community, landowners, foresters, loggers, and mill owners who collaborate to keep the forest productive and healthy. READ MORE