Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE93-023.
The mountain sheep project had a very successful summer. Mt Sheep’s management was happy with the acreage grazed by the sheep and the condition they left the slopes. The sheep owners were pleased with the health and condition of the sheep upon their return home in September. And I was impressed with the effort the Mt. Snow employees put into the shepherding work.
The sheep stayed on Mt. Snow from July 8 to September 29. One hundred came from Major Farm and the sheep were managed in two separate flocks. They spent all summer grazing the higher elevation, very steep North Face of the mountain. Each group was moved every two or three days to a new pasture and any leftover sapling, bramble and other stems were cut down by hand.
In conclusion, I would like to repeat that the mountain sheep project was a success in 1993, and its success was due in large measure to the grant received from SARE. Both Mt. Snow and Killington appear pleased enough with the results of the project that it seems likely the project will continue in an expanded form in 1994.