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(J.R.S. 87)

Offered by: Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Backus of Chittenden County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Brownell of Chittenden County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Ptashnik of Windsor County, Senator Ready of Addison County, Senator Riehle of Chittenden County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shumlin of Windham County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, the Green Mountain Club was founded in 1910 to make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people, and

Whereas, the Green Mountain Club built and has maintained and protected the Long Trail system for the past 90 years, and

Whereas, the Green Mountain Club is a nonprofit Vermont organization with 8,000 members, twelve active sections, and more than 500 volunteers who provide essential leadership and support for the work of the club, and

Whereas, the Green Mountain Club initiated and has conducted the Long Trail Protection Campaign since 1986 with the assistance of the State of Vermont and the General Assembly, and together they have permanently protected more than 64 miles of the Long Trail system and 18,500 acres of mountain lands, through the acquisition of land and easements, and

Whereas, the Long Trail with its sweeping panoramas of the Green Mountains is a 445-mile network of hiking trails and shelters open to all Vermonters, and

Whereas, the Green Mountain Club, through its education program, promotes a low-impact ethic to protect Vermont's backcountry lands, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That this General Assembly extends its congratulations to the Green Mountain Club and all its members on the occasion of the club's 90th birthday, and extends its recognition and support to the Green Mountain Club for its leadership in creating and preserving the Long Trail for the people of the State of Vermont.