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!


What is the Mobbs Farm?

The Mobbs Farm Property, acquired by the Town of Jericho in 1970, is located approximately one mile south of Jericho Center on Browns Trace. The property consists of over 260 acres of both open and forested land and is roughly separated into two equal halves by Fitzsimonds Road. Mobbs Farm is open to all forms of non-motorized recreation, including: hiking, running, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

The westerly parcel of Mobbs, often called "Mobbs Valley", has 5 miles of recreational trails that traverse wide-open fields and both hard and soft-wood forest sections. Some of the trails also parallel Mill Brook where there is a pleasant bench to sit and enjoy the water.

The easterly parcel, often called "Mobbs Hill" has almost 125 acres of mostly forested land. There are four more miles of trails on the Mobbs Hill side of the property that tend to be a bit steeper than on the Mobbs Valley side, but equally as nice. Mobbs Hill has trails leading from both the Fitzsimonds Road and Browns Trace. The Browns Trace side of the Mobbs Farm property also contains the Town of Jericho town garage and a former landfill that has been closed and capped. Please note that all sections of the Town Garage are off-limits at all times to users.

Mobbs Farm can be accessed from the Fitzsimonds Road parking area. The Fitzsimonds Road area is located approximately one mile after turning off of Browns Trace. The Mobbs Committee intends to develop detailed maps to help plan your outing. Mountain bike and horseback riders are strongly encouraged to ride to the trails instead of using the parking lot.


Mobbs Farm Maps Below:

The Mobbs Valley and Mobbs Hill maps are posted at the Mobbs Farm Trail head kiosk on Fitzsimonds Road. The maps identify some major trails by name and identify 6 key intersections. The maps at the kiosk are 16" x 21", while the maps at the intersections are 8.5" x 11". The maps posted at this website are scaled to 8.5" x 11" (3300x2550 pixels).

On the trails, there are two aids to navigation-intersection maps/markers and arrows on trees on two main routes. All "main" trails on the map are well used, and should be easy to follow. Some of the "secondary" trails have very little use, and they may be difficult to follow.

You can print just a portion of a map. For example, if you are interested only in the Americana trail on Mobbs Hill, you can zoom in on the trail, and in "File:Print...." select "Current view" for the "Print Range".


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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!


What is the Mobbs Farm?

The Mobbs Farm Property, acquired by the Town of Jericho in 1970, is located approximately one mile south of Jericho Center on Browns Trace. The property consists of over 260 acres of both open and forested land and is roughly separated into two equal halves by Fitzsimonds Road. Mobbs Farm is open to all forms of non-motorized recreation, including: hiking, running, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

The westerly parcel of Mobbs, often called "Mobbs Valley", has 5 miles of recreational trails that traverse wide-open fields and both hard and soft-wood forest sections. Some of the trails also parallel Mill Brook where there is a pleasant bench to sit and enjoy the water.

The easterly parcel, often called "Mobbs Hill" has almost 125 acres of mostly forested land. There are four more miles of trails on the Mobbs Hill side of the property that tend to be a bit steeper than on the Mobbs Valley side, but equally as nice. Mobbs Hill has trails leading from both the Fitzsimonds Road and Browns Trace. The Browns Trace side of the Mobbs Farm property also contains the Town of Jericho town garage and a former landfill that has been closed and capped. Please note that all sections of the Town Garage are off-limits at all times to users.

Mobbs Farm can be accessed from the Fitzsimonds Road parking area. The Fitzsimonds Road area is located approximately one mile after turning off of Browns Trace. The Mobbs Committee intends to develop detailed maps to help plan your outing. Mountain bike and horseback riders are strongly encouraged to ride to the trails instead of using the parking lot.


Mobbs Farm Maps Below:

The Mobbs Valley and Mobbs Hill maps are posted at the Mobbs Farm Trail head kiosk on Fitzsimonds Road. The maps identify some major trails by name and identify 6 key intersections. The maps at the kiosk are 16" x 21", while the maps at the intersections are 8.5" x 11". The maps posted at this website are scaled to 8.5" x 11" (3300x2550 pixels).

On the trails, there are two aids to navigation-intersection maps/markers and arrows on trees on two main routes. All "main" trails on the map are well used, and should be easy to follow. Some of the "secondary" trails have very little use, and they may be difficult to follow.

You can print just a portion of a map. For example, if you are interested only in the Americana trail on Mobbs Hill, you can zoom in on the trail, and in "File:Print...." select "Current view" for the "Print Range".


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  • Mobbs Farm Conservation Update

    3 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

    5 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

    4 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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