Stratton Mountain Earns Environmental Award

first_imgStratton Mountain’s environmental initiativeswere recognized again this year with the prestigious Silver Eagle Awardpresented by Mountain Sports Media, publishers of SKI and SKIINGmagazines.The Awards were established in 1993 to recognize and encourageenvironmental achievements. A record of 32 resorts participated in the2004 Golden Eagle Awards. The entries were judged by a panel ofenvironmental and industry experts.Stratton earned the 2004 Silver Eagle Award, its fourth since 1996, forExcellence in Fish and Wildlife Protection.Stratton was recognized for sponsorship of wildlife studies andeducational programs as well as for Conservation Easements presented tothe State of Vermont. These seven distinct areas, on 1,200 acres, wereidentified in the exhaustive planning process that resulted in Vermont’sfirst fully approved mountain resort Master Plan (1999). Theseconservation areas include whitetail deer wintering grounds and feedingareas, bear travel corridors and feeding areas and Bicknell’s thrushhabitat.While the state typically requires two acres of land be offered asmitigation for each acre affected by development, Stratton’s ConservationEasements “up the ante for future development by moving the ratio closerto 18-to-1,” according to state officials. “The Stratton Master Plan,based on cluster rather than sprawl development, supports the resort’seconomic viability while permanently protecting nearly a third of theresort property for use by important wildlife species.”last_img

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