Cotton Brook landslide

An aerial drone photo taken by a VTrans employee shows a dozen acres of hillside in the Cotton Brook block of the Mt. Mansfield State forest stripped by a landslide.

Wet soil and sliding sand at Cotton Brook in Waterbury are “still unstable, still active and considerably dangerous,” according to Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

The landslide started May 31 and took out about 20 acres of land, according to the state department — perhaps Vermont’s largest landslide in modern times. About 650 feet of Foster’s Trail were lost.

Foster’s Trail and Cotton Brook, including parts of Cottonbrook Road, are closed to the public.

Nobody was hurt in the landslide, and the popular Cotton Brook recreation area remains accessible from the parking area in Stowe, but state officials still want people to be careful.

— Caleigh Cross

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