Coexisting in the Green Mountains
Nature is our playground, therefore it is our responsibility to make sure we can coexist with our surroundings in harmony. We are located in the beautiful Green Mountain National Forest, which stretches from Stratton all the way up to Sugarbush. Stratton has a time-honored history of working with the Forest Service and other environmental organizations to minimize land impact in development and operation.
Stratton signed on as a supporter for the National Ski Area Association environmental charter in 2006. Since then, Stratton has embedded the values of environmental ethics, limited dispersed impact on wildlife, and working with natural systems and biodiversity in all aspects of management and planning. Learn more at www.nsaa.org.
Current Biodiversity Initiatives
- Stratton currently has three snowmaking ponds which pump water to the mountain. Two ponds (Stratton Lake and Gulf Brook) are on the mountain, and the third is located in Winhall. Water is drawn primarily from our on-site ponds and is monitored in a pump house near Stratton Lake. Our snowmaking team is hard at work maintaining resort experience, maximizing efficiency, and minimizing waste.
- Our snowmaking ponds are homes to a plethora of organisms. We have been working to make sure these organisms can prosper and thrive. Four undersized culverts that were compromised during Tropical Storm Irene were replaced and upgraded. Larger culverts with natural bottoms allow fish and biota free passage in streams.
- Ski Resort Development & Management
- Stratton works hard to maintain compliance with Vermont environmental laws. We place our natural habitat as a high priority on our list. If something goes wrong, we make sure we do all we can to fix it.
- Just recently, Tributary 1 achieved 2 years of consecutive positive water quality results, qualifying for delisting from the state impaired waters list.
- Stratton initiated a 10 year study in 1989 to study the impact of resort and residential development on black bears in Southern Vermont. There are approximately 2000 black bears in Vermont and they require large, undeveloped land to thrive, and can be substantially harmed by habitat loss or human dependence. Stratton worked with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Green Mountain National Forest to monitor the response of black bears to land use change over the course of ten years. This study has been an important factor in Stratton decision making moving forward, and was a pioneer study, exemplifying ways in which ski areas can work with environmental agencies to coexist in harmony.