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Green Mountain Club to Spend Millions on Long Trail Upgrades

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WATERBURY CENTER, Vt. (WCAX) - Despite pandemic challenges, the Green Mountain Club has hit a $4 million fundraising goal. And it comes as an increasing number of people are using the Long Trail, the club’s 273-mile hiking trail that traverses the Green Mountains.

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“Just more and more people out there,” said Mike Debonis, the executive director of the Green Mountain Club.

Since 2020, Debonis says the Long Trail had a 35% increase in the number of people using it overall, and certain overnight sites had an 80% increase in usage. Debonis says that means some localized spots weathered what would typically take five years in just one.

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