Update from the Field- Women’s Park Restoration Crew
Perry Merrill, the head of state forests and parks from 1919 to 1966, had a cabin on the shore of Ricker Pond. Merrill is known for his success in securing funds and workers through the Civilian Conservation Corps when it started in the 1930s. George Aiken, a former governor, once said, “His was one of the first cries in the wilderness for conservation—and particularly, for conservation education.”
With history in mind, it’s fitting that the Women’s Park Restoration Crew is completing a three-week project at Merrill’s cabin. These six women have constructed a handicap accessible path to the cabin’s front door, among other improvements to the cabin’s exterior. The path requires the construction of a substantial rock wall to create a gentle slope per ADA requirements. By making this historic landmark accessible to all visitors, these Corps Members have learned ADA regulations and put them into action. This crew is funded with the support of the Vermont Women’s Fund.
For more information on the Women’s Park Restoration Crew, contact Lisa Nelson at 802.434.3969 ext. 132