Covert operations on Mount Philo

_-Mt-Philo-copyVermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife is a nonprofit dedicated to educating landowners and citizens as to how to “maintain and enhance diverse wildlife habitats and healthy ecosystems.”  On Saturday, Aug. 16 Vermont Coverts guides Kate Lampton and Larry Hamilton will be leading a guided walk of Mt. Philo.  Along the one-hour walk participants will learn about the natural and human history of the park and how it reflects many of the forces that have shaped Vermont over the centuries Interested participants will meet at Vermont’s oldest state park entrance at 9:15am and walk the paved road to the summit.
An amateur historian on the Park and the Mt. Philo Inn, Lampton, has lived at the base of Mt. Philo for 40 years. Hamilton is a retired professor of forestry at Cornell University, a Senior Advisor for the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, editor of the Mountain Protected Areas “Update” magazine, and tree warden in Charlotte.
There are plenty of great picnic spots at the top, so hikers are asked to bring a lunch and drink and enjoy the views. Dress for the weather. Registration is requested but not required. For questions and more information, contact Coverts Cooperator Norm Riggs at (802) 425-4545 or Lisa Sausville (802) 877-2777 or
And for those of you wondering about the name, this is not a secret organization of “covert” environmentalists. The fourteenth century English use of the word referred to a “thicket affording cover for game,” or a hiding place.