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The Dover Economic Development Committee Moves Ahead with Planning and Promotion of Trails in Dover, VT

The Dover Economic Development Committee in the Mount Snow region of Southern Vermont produces the Crosstown hiking trail map and is working on developing a number of trails in Dover.

West Dover, VT, February 12, 2009 --( The Dover Economic Development Committee (DEDC) has negotiated an agreement with Mount Snow to open up the Crosstown Trail System to the public. The Crosstown Trail System is a year round trail system with a selection of easy to moderate hikes. It is located in the center of West Dover with access from Handle Rd on the West side, Kingswood on the North side and Crosstown Rd on the East side.

This summer the Trails & Paths subcommittee will coordinate the creation of a nature trail on the Crosstown path. This will include sign posts along the path with educational information about the flora and fauna of the surroundings, a trailhead sign with a large map of the area and free printed maps onsite for the public.

Trails are a big priority for both residents and visitors alike. In a survey conducted by the DEDC of Dover residents and 2nd home owners, pedestrian and bike trails were found the number one priority for using taxpayer money. The DEDC also noticed that the Dover Town Plan, Dover Profile Project and Vision 2000 had similar findings.

As a result, the printed trail map is one of many projects undertaken by the Trails & Paths subcommittee of the DEDC. They have already identified all existing trails in Dover and are currently mapping out many of these trails in preparation for more printed maps. To make that happen they are in contact with the Planning Commission, Development Review Board and the Zoning Administrator to amend existing zoning bylaws to accommodate parking at each of the trailheads. The subcommittee has attended two workshops; grant writing by the US Forest Service and the Vermont Trails & Greenways Trail Symposium. They are also in close contact with the Tri-Town Committee and the Chamber of Commerce to work on a valley wide trail system with maps and promotion.

The DEDC printed maps are currently available at the Dover Town Office, various Inns and retail outfits throughout Dover as well as on the Town of Dover website,

The Dover Economic Development Committee was created in May 2007 as a committee of volunteer citizens with the goal of stimulating and promoting economic development for the benefit of residents of and visitors to the Town of Dover, Vermont. In the first year the committee focused on gathering information, surveying the community and creating a 5-year business plan. The business plan was approved by the Board of Selectman in September 2008 and can be found on the website, It defines the actions and priorities of the DEDC within six subcommittees; beautification of the town; trails & paths; telecommunications; venue/recreation center; events; and marketing.

Public input is a vital part of the process. It is encouraged and welcome. The DEDC meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at the Dover Town Hall. For more information, go to

Dover Economic Development Committee
Town of Dover, the Home of Mount Snow
PO Box 428
West Dover, VT 05356
(802) 464-8000

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Dover Economic Development Committee
Celeste Dwyer

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