Slate Valley Trails, Inc. (SVT) is a volunteer community group founded in 2015. We are a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association (VMBA).
Our mission is to build, maintain and promote foot and bicycling trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont.
Our goals are to:
Slate Valley Trails continues to build and maintain free public trails in Castleton, Poultney and Wells. With almost 40 miles of existing trails, and more than 25 new miles of trail planned for construction in 2020, we are an up-and-coming trail network in southwestern and central Vermont.
Our trails are not possible without landowner access agreements with local towns and private landowners.
Our trails also are not possible without the help of volunteers, support from membership, donors, businesses, grants, and community-wide support. Thank you to everyone that has helped us get this far! It is never too late to ask us how you can get involved!
Chris joined the board in 2019, and recently was elected to Board President after serving as the chair of the Marketing, Promotions, and Fundraising Committee. He lives in Middletown Springs with his wife and two boys, who all enjoy skiing and biking as much as possible.
Steve is a consultant at Synapse Energy Economics specializing in the economic and policy analysis of renewable energy resources. He is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder who has served as a volunteer Mountain Ambassador at Pico Mountain for over 20 years. He lives with his wife and teenage daughter in a super efficient solar-powered home in Middletown Springs that they had built in 2004.
Greg joined the board in 2019. Prior to his role as Secretary, Greg served as Events Committee Chair. He enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, especially when it involves running or riding the SVT trails. Greg is excited to play a role in supporting the SVT community and our awesome trail network.
Bill joined the board in 2016, and jumped right into building trails. It has been a very exciting few years for SVT and the future looks even better. Bill is the lead trail steward for Delaney Woods. He looks forward to meeting more great folks on our trails in in 2021.
William joined the board in 2021. He is an Assistant Professor at Castleton University. With SVT, Bill brings his graphic design, artistic and higher education background to help streamline and develop our visual communications. His favorite hike at SVT is Hardy's Hill.
Andy has been a member of SVT since 2017. He brings with him a passion for outdoor recreation with his friends and family. Deeply rooted in the area as a 4th generation Vermonter and the 3rd generation to work at his family’s local slate quarries, Andy is a champion for SVT’s mission to support the amazing trail network the area has been blessed with.
Sarah joined the board in 2021, and is the chair of our Family Programming Committee. She lives 15 minutes from Slate Valley Trails and could not be more excited! Her career in occupational therapy and hands-on experience homeschooling her three children have her vested in family programming at SVT. Photo: Jeff Alexander
Ann Marie joined the board in 2020 is passionate about digging into the SVT mission. She teaches upper level science courses, while her husband is the owner of a local physical therapy practice. Ann Marie, her husband, and two teenagers live in Middletown Springs, where they can bike, horseback ride, snowshoe, and ski (and maple sugar) right out their doorstep.
Ellen joined the board in 2021, and currently serves as the Events Committee chair. Ellen is an avid runner and is looking forward to organizing outings for the community. She lives in Hampton, NY (right next to Poultney) with her husband and senior pug.
Caitrin joined the board in 2021 and is the current chair of our Marketing, Promotions, and Fundraising Committee. Her experience leading non-profit conservation organizations will continue to lead SVT into the future. She is co-owner of Sustainable Trailworks, and also sits on the board of the Velomont Trail Collective.
Andy served as SVT President from 2019-2021, and is the current Trails Committee Chair. Andy is a professor of environmental science and chemistry, as well as chair of the Natural Sciences department at Castleton University. He enjoys ultra marathon trail running, long days in the mountains, hiking with his family, and dabbling in any other outdoor endeavor that is presented.
Silvia grew up exploring the Green Mountain National Forest nearby her childhood home in Bennington. She has dedicated herself to trail and resource conservation, and hands-on opportunities to learn and teach others. Silvia holds a Bachelors of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Maine, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management.
If you need to reach the program manager directly via phone, please email us with the best phone number to call you back at in your email to us.
PO Box 242, Poultney, Vermont 05764, United States