2022 Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering Program

October 14-16, 2022 | Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, Vermont

Friday, October 14, 2022

4:00 pm – Registration Opens

5:00 pm – Social– Poster viewing

7:00 pm – Welcome: Michael DeBonis, GMC Executive Director; Lars Botzojorns, President of The Waterman Fund

7:30 pm – Opening Speaker: Stephen Wright – Glacial geology of northern Vermont

Saturday, October 15, 2022

7:30 am – Registration Opens/breakfast

8:45 am – Opening Remarks: Michael Snyder, FPR Commissioner

9:00 am – Plenary Session/Panel: 50 years of the modern caretaker program/mountain stewardship.

  • Ken and Alice Boyd
  • Current GMC and ADK caretakers
  • Rick Paradis
  • Jill Weiss

10:30 am – Networking break

11:15 am – Plenary session: Alpine research:

12:30 pm lunch

1:30 pm – Plenary Session: Managing user behavior in the alpine zone

  • Nat Scrimshaw, World Trails Network- Franconia Ridge Trails Stewardship; Northeast Alpine Stewardship Center
  • Cristin Bailey, USFS – Crawford path rehab (contacted and is looking at scheduling)

2:30 pm Break

3:00 pm – Plenary Session - Alpine Research:

4:00 pm Plenary session – reports from the field: updates on stewardship activities in the northeast

  • GMC – Nigel Bates, Field Supervisor
  • ADK – Kayla White, Stewardship Manager
  • AMC – Joe Roman, Campsite Program and Conservation Manager (invited)

5:00 pm – Social

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Guy Waterman Alpine Steward Award & Emerging Alpine Steward Award. Presented by Lars Botzojorns (President of The Waterman Fund) and Laura Waterman.

7:30 pm – Keynote Address: Hugh and Jeanne Joudry, Life at the top: over a half century of caretaking on Stratton Mountain.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Field Trips:

  • Alpine vegetation - identification and management on Mt. Mansfield. GMC field staff
  • Managing increased use, climate change impacts: rebuilding of the Burrows Trail on Camel’s Hump – Keegan Tierney – GMC, Katherine Wrigley – FPR
  • Bicknell’s Thrush – research and management - Kevin Tolan, Staff Biologist, Vermont Center for Ecostudies
  • Dynamic landscape – geology tour of Smuggler’s Notch

Lunch will be provided