Two people on mountain bikes riding on a path in a grassy field. There are mountains in the background.
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The state wants to grow Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy, and if the recent interest in a new grant program is any indication, municipalities across Vermont are ready to get on board.

Matt Krebs, the operations and publications coordinator with the Green Mountain Club, uses a new digital map at Sherburne Pass. Snow is on the ground and trees in the background.
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Part of the mission of the Green Mountain Club is to try to help get people out into the mountains — and for the first time in its 108-year history, the GMC is now offering digital maps which you can purchase, download and view on a cell phone.

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The Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to reminds all Vermonters — hunters and non-hunters alike — to take precautions and make sure everyone share the woods this fall.

The exterior of a custom-built cabin at Chittenden Brook Campground in the woods.
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Wanna get away? Backcountry enthusiasts will soon have more trailside accommodations in Vermont to choose from. One new heated cabin just opened for occupancy this week, while another will become available in December and construction of a third is set to begin next spring. 

Right before a monarch emerges, its chrysalis goes from green to translucent. Scroll through the slideshow to see it emerge.
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When KT Thalin bought a rural home with some land in Saxtons River, Vermont, 14 years ago, she thought it might be nice to have monarch butterflies flitting around her yard in the summertime. So she started encouraging the growth of milkweed, the sole food source for monarch caterpillars and the host plant for monarch eggs.

The view from the top of Wright's Mountain in Bradford overlooks the Waits River Valley.
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The federal government has designated the Wright's Mountain trail system in Bradford as a National Recreation Trail.

A nearly finished 660 square foot cabin that Yestermorrow Design/Build School was hired to design and build.
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Imagine if you could hike, mountain bike or backcountry ski from one end of Vermont to the other — and stay in heated cabins along the trail.

That’s the vision of the Vermont Huts Association, a new nonprofit that wants to make the outdoors more easily accessible.

Two people bike on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail last year. Bike paths were one topic brought up at a recent forum held by the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative in Rutland, along with other outdoor recreation activities.
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Outdoor recreation brings in $2.5 billion a year in consumer spending in Vermont, but many believe the state could bring in even more.

The U.S. Forest Service wants to increase camping fees at Grout Pond, and at other developed campgrounds in the Green Mountain National Forest.
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The U.S. Forest Service is collecting public input on a plan to increase the fees at developed campgrounds in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Stokes with his record-breaking fish.
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One of Vermont's most accomplished anglers is 11-year-old Chase Stokes of Ferrisburgh, who recently entered the record books for a carp he caught in Otter Creek.

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The Norwich Pool was a public swimming hole created by a town-owned dam in the Charles Brown Brook, until Tropical Storm Irene washed part of the dam away five years ago. Since then, the town has tried unsuccessfully to get the green light to replace the dam and restore the community pool.

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Ridgeline views and the promise of rugged adventure draw a lot of people onto Vermont's hiking trails and into the backcountry. Returning with a few scratches and bug bites is to be expected, but what should you be prepared to handle when you strike out on a backpacking trip or even a day hike?

Many of us head out and climb a mountain for fun on the weekends. But most of us save that for summer. And very few us don't stop until we've hiked all the mountains higher than 4,000 feet in New England, the Adirondacks, and the Catskills. That's 115 tall peaks.

A new book by a longtime Vermont educator posits that curiosity might be the single most vital ingredient of an effective education - along with exploring the outside world, early and often. It's called: Wild Curiosity: How to Unleash Creativity and Encourage Lifelong Wondering.

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The Department of Fish and Wildlife works to protect habitat and help Vermonters access the state's woods and streams. But the Department faces declining revenues as fewer people are taking to the outdoors to hunt and fish. We talk about some of the challenges the department faces with new Commissioner Louis Porter and Wildlife Director Mark Scott.