This is a Tracked Hauler!
A Tracked Hauler is a mechanized wheel barrow that can transport loads of material across rugged terrain with very little impact on the landscape. With a load capacity of 1,000 lbs., it is perfect for moving gravel, soil, lumber, or rock from staging area to project site.
Why this machine?
First and foremost, the size of the machine is small and easily navigable through tight spaces. Since most of the trails we work on are narrow pathways through the woods and away from roads, hauling stone with a large truck/construction equipment is rarely an option.
Second, this machine can cross over tough terrain with minimal damage to the surrounding landscape – ideal for our organization that not only aims to build accessible trails but also protect natural spaces.
Lastly, this small machine can carry an insane amount of material. One bucket load in the machine would require 10 people to haul in the material by hand. This machine saves us time (and our backs) and helps make sustainable trail building possible.
Why does UVTA need a new one?
Our original Tracked Hauler, that has been with the organization for 10 years, is falling apart. From engine break downs, to broken handles and missing parts, it has become an unreliable machine and is in dire need of replacement.
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Where has the Tracked Hauler been used?
The Tracked Hauler has been used all over the Upper Valley! Some noteworthy trails include the Mascoma River Greenway in Lebanon, trails at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Mink Brook Community Forest in Hanover, trails at the Vermont Institute of Science (VINS) in Quechee, Ottauquechee River Trail in Woodstock and Gile Mountain in Norwich. If you have enjoyed any of these trails, you have walked a path made possible by the Tracked Hauler!
How much does a Tracked Hauler cost?
Costs range from $10,000 – $12,000.
How can I help?
An anonymous donor has given UVTA a match grant for the Tracked Hauler! If we manage to raise $5,000 by the end of October, the donation will be matched to support the purchase of a new hauler! This would be a tremendous contribution to the Trails Alliance as a new hauler will help build accessible pathways at minimal cost in your community for another decade!
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Mail Checks to:
Upper Valley Trails Alliance
P.O. Box 1215
Norwich, VT. 05055
Please include Tracked Hauler in the memo line.