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Who Decides? New Buoys in Lake Champlain Roil Colchester Board

The Colchester Selectboard was in complete agreement on July 14. The four members gathered at the gleaming town office building all thought that a local…

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What’s so worrisome about a couple dozen buoys?

Located just east of Porters Point, the buoys were to be installed in a boating thoroughfare. "Literally hundreds of boats park in that area on hot summer days," said longtime selectboard member Marc Landry. At times, the aquatic traffic is so heavy that it leads to complaints from nearby lakefront residents.

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New York State Program Enhances Awareness Of Invasive Species

New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week. The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive

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New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week. The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive species

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife opening new conserved lands at Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area

Additions to the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area make more public land available

Vermont Fish & Wildlife opening new conserved lands at Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area

Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area

More public land in western Addison County will soon be available, and protected for wildlife, as 330 acres are added to the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area. The public is invited to attend a celebration atf the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area in Cornwall on Tuesday, July 28, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

The celebration will include a reception with refreshments and speakers, followed by a short tour of the lands.  Scheduled speakers include Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz and Fish & Wildlife Department Commissioner Louis Porter, among others.

The Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area is located in Cornwall and Bridport, Vermont and contains a slow-moving stream  meandering through wetlands, farm fields, and some very productive wildlife habitat. The additional 330 acres will bring the wildlife management area’s total acreage to 744 acres.

“These lands provide rich habitat for a variety of species, including deer, waterfowl, grassland birds, and the federally endangered Indiana bat. These additional parcels will provide new roadside access to this wildlife management area to allow bird-watchers, hunters and anglers the opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors.” ~ Louis Porter, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Commissioner

The lands were purchased for $325,000 in partnership with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Vermont Land Trust. The acquisition represents one of the largest single project investments of funds from the Vermont Duck Stamp Program.

In Vermont, waterfowl hunters are required to purchase a federal migratory waterfowl stamp and a Vermont duck stamp, but many non-hunters also choose to purchase a duck stamp in order to contribute to wildlife and wetland conservation.

Part of the funding for the purchase of these conserved lands also came from sales of the new Vermont Habitat Stamp.  Modeled after the success of the federal duck stamp, the Vermont Habitat Stamp is a voluntary purchase that raises funds for the conservation and management of lands throughout Vermont. It is available with the purchase of a hunting or fishing license, or directly from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

“This major expansion of the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area would not have been possible without the help of our many partners in conservation. We’d especially like to thank all of those Vermonters who pitched in to help contribute to our state’s conservation legacy.” ~ Louis Porter

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at 1683 West Street, Cornwall, VT.  For more information, contact Jane Lazorchak with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at 802-505-0561.

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Camp Splash Teaches Kids How to Stay Safe in the Water

Knowing how to keep kids safe in the water is the top priority of Camp Splash.

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Knowing how to keep kids safe in the water is the top priority of Camp Splash.

The free program is put on by the Greater Burlington YMCA. Assistant Aquatic Director Jessica Lucas says it’s not only important that kids are educated, but those watching over them are educated too.

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