Vermont looks to manage remote campsites


WATERBURY (AP) - Vermont officials are working to manage remote campsites that previously have had no oversight.

One of the most popular waterways in the state park system is the Waterbury Reservoir but as Vermont Public Radio reports, campsites around the reservoir have had no oversight because they are on public land within Mount Mansfield State Forest but outside the boundaries of nearby Litter River and Waterbury Center State Parks.

Susan Bulmer, the northeast parks regional manager for the Vermont State Parks, said law enforcement officials have responded to numerous fires, domestic issues, health emergencies and drug enforcement at the sites.

"They raised concerns that there more and more enforcement issues happening on the reservoir and at some of the remote campsites," she said.

In response, she has been working with the Friends of the Waterbury Reservoir to number and map the remote campsites so emergency responders can find them better. Some of the sites may be shut down if they are prone to flooding, she said.

"We've done an inventory of about 35 sites," Bulmer said. "We need to gather more information about those particular sites to see if they're in good locations or not."

The Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation also will be enhancing some sites to control erosion, improve trails and add composting toilets, she said.


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