The mountain was beautiful this morning with a line about half way up where the snow started, and the ridge sparkling in specks of sunlight breaking through the clouds. There were two hikers at base at 8:00, one a familiar face to the mountain, theother Don Kreis, an Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at the Vermont Law School. As the hikers got to the top the ground was covered with a thin blanket of snow and all the trees had white icing on them that crackled as we moved– at least we assumed it would – but we could hear nothing except the roar and clatter of equipment tearing the mountain apart in front of the camp. A short walk to the North and we could hear a rock drill working beyond the Met tower and an excavator with a rock hammer working on the ridge just off Nelsons property. After cleaning the snow off the tents and no sign of “The Law” we headed back down. Near the bottom we ran into a hunter going up to look for grouse, and were reminded that it is Veteran’s Day– hence the no law and no blasting. Thank you, Veterans, for saving the mountain today.
On the mountain friday afternoon…quite a winter scene. Very sad to see the Green Mountain Boys flag flying at half mast. I think the wind took it down. Just reread “Thinking Like a Mountain” by Aldo Leopold. Highly recommend folks visiting that famous essay. See you all on Sunday.
“DON’T FORGET THE OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY TO VIEW GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER’S CRANE PATH CONSTRUCTION ON THE LOWELL MOUNTAINS!”
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Hunt the Lowell Mountains!
Saturday is the start of hunting season– whenVermonters have always headed for the mountains to look for game. The Lowell Mountains are a traditional hunting ground for deer, moose, and bear– but this year, it will be different. Clear cutting, blasting, and earth moving for the Lowell wind project isdestroying the ridgeline and driving animals off the mountains. The finished project will break up an essential wildlife corridor which allows deer and other large animals to travel from western New York to the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada. Cutting off this route will isolate Vermont’s wildlife, limiting genetic diversity and herd heath. Noise from big wind turbines has been shown to drive animals away. This could ruin the Lowells as a hunting ground. Now is the time to show politicians and wind developers across the state that hunters care about long-term wildlife health more than short-term corporate profits!
What you can do: exercise your right to hunt the Lowell Mountains — as Vermonters always have. Bring your gun, and also a camera to document what Green MountainPower is doing to our traditional game lands. Send your documentation,and any comments you have on what’s going on to: MountainOccupiers@gmail.com – it will be posted to the blog LowellMountainsNews.wordpress.com so the rest of the state can see what’s happening. Then call your local representative and tell them what you think.
Is it legal to go up there? The short answer is: yes. Although you may be confronted by signs warning of blasting or trespassing during certain times, you will not be breaking any laws unless you refuse to leave when asked by a law enforcement officer. Being asked to leave will not affect your ability to go back to the area, and you cannot be arrested or charged for being asked to leave multiple times.
This Sunday, November 13, head to the occupier’s ridgeline campsite for lunch. There will be hot dogs and casual conversation about wind power in Vermont.
HUNT the LOWELL MOUNTAINS – PRESERVE OUR WAY OF LIFE!