Mobbs Committee

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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!



MOBBS MONTHLY

The Mobbs Farm Committee Newsletter

December, 2021


December, 2021 featured some pretty wild swings in weather in the Green Mountain State. High temperature records were shattered as we experienced 60+ degrees, followed by days of low temps and 6 to 8 inches of snow. Pretty bizarre weather as we close out 2021 and look forward to the New Year! With the wild weather, accompanying high winds brought down an impressive number of tree limbs at Mobbs Farm. Special thanks to everyone who pitched in to clean up downed trees this past month. Should you encounter any blocked trails, please let us know by emailing the committee at: mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

Saying good-bye to the "dark days" with fire


A celebration of the Winter Solstice took place at Mobbs Farm with an impressive bonfire, attended by committee members, neighbors and Jericho residents invited to attend on Front Porch Forum. The fuel for the blaze consisted of old, hemlock beams that had been pulled up and replaced by Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. workers, when the old treads were replaced in the summer of 2019. The beams had been stacked up near a swampy area at the bottom of the Meadows section and ‘seasoned’ for the past two years. It was great seeing everyone at the bonfire and a festive way to clear the pile of debris. There are tentative plans to host another bonfire in the winter months ahead, so stay tuned!
With the arrival of new snow this month, the SNOWDOG groomer will be hitting the trails in the weeks ahead. Please be sure to yield to the groomer, if you are on the trails when they are being groomed. Kindly avoid walking on freshly groomed trails until they have set-up and hardened. This will ensure that the quality of walking, skiing, fatbiking and trekking will be topnotch for all visitors to Mobbs Farm! Special thanks to Christine and Dan Smith, who have been spearheading the trail grooming initiatives at Mobbs and teaching the members of the grooming team how to operate the SNOWDOG grooming machine.


While visiting Mobbs Farm, you may encounter new signs identifying boundaries of the property, so that you don’t wander onto adjacent, private land. Kindly respect our neighbor’s private property and even if a trail departing Mobbs looks tempting, please stay within the boundaries of Mobbs Farm while visiting Mobbs Farm trails, located in the heart of Jericho.





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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!



MOBBS MONTHLY

The Mobbs Farm Committee Newsletter

December, 2021


December, 2021 featured some pretty wild swings in weather in the Green Mountain State. High temperature records were shattered as we experienced 60+ degrees, followed by days of low temps and 6 to 8 inches of snow. Pretty bizarre weather as we close out 2021 and look forward to the New Year! With the wild weather, accompanying high winds brought down an impressive number of tree limbs at Mobbs Farm. Special thanks to everyone who pitched in to clean up downed trees this past month. Should you encounter any blocked trails, please let us know by emailing the committee at: mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

Saying good-bye to the "dark days" with fire


A celebration of the Winter Solstice took place at Mobbs Farm with an impressive bonfire, attended by committee members, neighbors and Jericho residents invited to attend on Front Porch Forum. The fuel for the blaze consisted of old, hemlock beams that had been pulled up and replaced by Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. workers, when the old treads were replaced in the summer of 2019. The beams had been stacked up near a swampy area at the bottom of the Meadows section and ‘seasoned’ for the past two years. It was great seeing everyone at the bonfire and a festive way to clear the pile of debris. There are tentative plans to host another bonfire in the winter months ahead, so stay tuned!
With the arrival of new snow this month, the SNOWDOG groomer will be hitting the trails in the weeks ahead. Please be sure to yield to the groomer, if you are on the trails when they are being groomed. Kindly avoid walking on freshly groomed trails until they have set-up and hardened. This will ensure that the quality of walking, skiing, fatbiking and trekking will be topnotch for all visitors to Mobbs Farm! Special thanks to Christine and Dan Smith, who have been spearheading the trail grooming initiatives at Mobbs and teaching the members of the grooming team how to operate the SNOWDOG grooming machine.


While visiting Mobbs Farm, you may encounter new signs identifying boundaries of the property, so that you don’t wander onto adjacent, private land. Kindly respect our neighbor’s private property and even if a trail departing Mobbs looks tempting, please stay within the boundaries of Mobbs Farm while visiting Mobbs Farm trails, located in the heart of Jericho.





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  • Mobbs Farm Conservation Update

    11 months ago
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    Thank You for Voting to Conserve Mobbs Farm!

    The members of the Mobbs Committee would like to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support expressed for the conservation of Mobbs Farm on Town Meeting Day. Article I passed with 91% of the vote, and we couldn't be happier that voters agreed that Mobbs Farm should be protected for future generations of Jericho residents and wildlife. With conservation costs now 100% funded, we look forward to the work of preserving this beautiful land. 

    So… What are the Next Steps? 

    In collaboration with the Jericho Underhill Land Trust (JULT) and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), the Mobbs Committee will seek the Selectboard’s approval to move forward with the conservation effort. Assuming an affirmative Selectboard vote, Town leadership will work with VLT toward conveying a conservation easement.

    If you are interested in learning about the components of a conservation easement, please read the attached summary provided by the VLT. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments, and THANK YOU for your continued support!

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  • Conservation News

    12 months ago
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    The Mobbs Farm Committee is currently initiating the effort to permanently conserve Mobbs Farm.

    • A recent survey by the Mobbs Farm committee at the 2020 Jericho Town meeting (312 participants) determined the following:
    • 78% of the participants believed Mobbs was already conserved
    • 85% of the participants supported conservation of Mobbs
    • The proposed cost of a permanent conservation easement is approximately $43,000.   Funding for this effort would come from the following: 
    • $10,000 grant from the Jericho Underhill Land Trust
    • $10,000 grant from the Vermont Land Trust
    • $10,000 from the Jericho Conservation Reserve fund.
    • This leaves around $13,000 to be made up from public fundraising
    • The intent here is to eliminate any further tax burden on Jericho residents.
    • A non-binding article is being added to the Jericho Town meeting agenda to allow residents to vote on moving forward with the conservation effort, with the proposed wording (to be finalized by the Selectboard) as follows: 

    “Should the Selectboard pursue the conveyance of a conservation easement (in perpetuity) over 234 +/-  acres of the total 275 +/- acre Mobbs Farm property (excluding the Town Garage and solar farm) to the Vermont Land Trust at an estimated expense of $43,000 +/-, using grants, gifts and previously raised funds, for the purpose of protecting its natural resources, wildlife habitat, trails, recreational and educational opportunities, productive farmland and forestland, and scenic value?"

    • The vote is "non-binding" because the Town has not yet finalized the details of the conservation easement with VLT, but a "yes" vote will offer the Selectboard the community's support to act on behalf of the Town and convey an easement.


    • Bumper stickers will be made available to support this effort.


    • Further details will be listed as a monthly update on this website.


    • Please see the “Conserving Mobbs FAQ” on the right sidebar for further information, “Leave a Comment” tab or leave a comment on this tab should you want to leave a comment for the Committee.  If you leave a question, you may not get a direct answer, but be assured that the Mobbs Committee is reading comments and questions and are considering them. 

    • The Committee will be hosting an online Q&A session using Zoom to provide further information on February 27 at 5:30pm.  Please tune in to ask your questions there.
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394326182?pwd=cFVldW45UzlEUHZBZUIvK3VCZzNhQT09(External link) 

       Meeting ID: 873 9432 6182
      Passcode: 626347

    • Tune into Front Porch Forum for more details about Mobbs and the conservation effort.
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  • Conserve Mobbs Zoom Informational Meeting

    11 months ago
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    Jericho residents are welcome to join our final informational ZOOM meeting to discuss the initiative to Conserve Mobbs Farm.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 5:30 PM and the public is welcome to attend.  Please use the link below to join the meeting, hosted by members of the Mobbs Farm Committee: 

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    Saturday, Feb. 27th @ 5:30 PM  

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394326182?pwd=cFVldW45UzlEUHZBZUIvK3VCZzNhQT09   

    Meeting ID: 873 9432 6182 Passcode: 626347 

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