The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is inviting people to a public open house about Bingham Falls, the popular waterfall in Stowe, on Wednesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Akeley Memorial Building, 67 Main St.
State officials are looking for opinions about what features of the property are cherished, and which get the most use.
Bingham Falls is a popular destination for both visitors and locals. The primary attraction is a series of stunning cascades, gorges and pools collectively referred to as Bingham Falls.
The West Branch of the Little River flows through the center of the property and is surrounded by steep, forested hillsides to the east and west, creating a unique natural place to visit.
The consultant team of SE Group, Timber & Stone LLC and Grenier Engineering has completed a site assessment of the Bingham Falls property, which is part of Smugglers’ Notch State Park and Mount Mansfield State Forest.
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation owns the 72.5-acre Bingham Falls property; funding assistance for the acquisition came from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Stowe town government, the Freeman Foundation, the Lintilhac Foundation, the Oakland Foundation and Stowe Land Trust members.
Conservation easements are co-held by Stowe Land Trust, the town of Stowe and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
The conservation easement is intended to protect wildlife habitat, natural communities, native flora and fauna and waterfalls, gorges and cascades, and to encourage people to visit and use the protected property.
To address some of these priorities, a master site plan is being developed. The first step is to find out how visitors use the area and what they value about the property and Bingham Falls.
The master plan may deal with such things as parking, pedestrian access, directional and information signs, the potential for a future bathroom, and any utilities needed to support those plans.