Landlocked Forest OK’d for new signage and map upgrades | Burlington


BURLINGTON — The Select Board has decisively approved a proposal to upgrade the signage and mapping of the Landlocked Forest Trail System.

Friends of the Landlocked Forest and the Greater Boston New England Mountain Biking Association are once again working together to maintain and improve the accessibility of the forest.

The current trail system in the forest was ratified by the select commission and the conversation commission in 2010, and the trail network and features of the forest have grown exponentially since then. The user population has grown in recent years, and user navigation and safety have become a management challenge that forest overseers believe needs to be addressed.

Championed by The Friends of the Landlocked Forest and New England Mountain Biking Association, the duo have been collaborating for a year on a proposal to update the forest map and install signage at appropriate intersections to improve navigation for all types of terrain. trail users.

“In doing so, we apply best management practices to municipally owned forests and trail systems,” Martha Simon told the Select Board. “The well-managed trail systems nationwide have become a valuable recreational resource and a source of pride for City residents. »

The guiding principles are to keep it simple, useful and understandable for all trail users; use a minimal impact approach and great respect for the natural environment; and preserve signs, names and trails, where possible.

The proposal includes four elements:

– Select names for unnamed sections and rename some existing trails.

– Installation of signage in the forest.

– Installation of additional kiosks with updated maps.

– Improved the existing trail loop system.

The select committee generally considered the proposal to be “excellent” and therefore unanimously approved the proposed upgrades.

Since the panels have yet to be built and the maps updated, the developers don’t expect the upgrade to be installed later in the fall or spring, at the latest.

More information on the Landlocked Forest

In 1986, the City of Burlington took the landlocked forest into eminent domain to protect the community’s open space and preserve its water supply. The Burlington City Assembly voted by a two-thirds majority to purchase the landlocked forest, knowing the vital role the open land plays in purifying rainwater that drains into the city’s water supply. town.

The 270-acre landlocked forest is located between Route 62, Route 3 and Route 128.

Most of the landlocked forest is within the city’s Zone 3 Water Protection District, which drains into the Vine Brook Aquifer located along the Middlesex Turnpike. The forest, which runs along the east side of Highway 3, is a recreational, water-conserving and pollution-absorbing asset that can serve important needs without being paved.

The landlocked forest has always been viewed by residents as a “recreational asset” due to the legal pedestrian access that exists.

The landlocked forest is protected under Section 97 of the Energy and Environmental Affairs Section 97 Land Disposition Policy, which is the policy of the EEA and its agencies to protect, preserve and enhance all open space areas covered by Section 97 of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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