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Large numbers of turkeys are being seen this spring in much of Vermont after two relatively mild
winters. VTF&W photo by John Hall

Vermonts Spring Turkey Hunting Starts Soon


Its almost time for spring turkey hunting regular spring season.
in Vermont. Youth spring turkey hunting A shotgun or archery equipment may be
weekend is April 29-30 this year, and the used in the youth turkey or regular spring
regular spring turkey season is May 1-31. turkey hunting seasons. Shot size must be no
What makes Vermonts spring gobbler sea- larger than #2 and no smaller than #8.
son special? Vermonts turkey hunting is The success rate during the May season
statewide during the spring season. Vermonts was 21 percent, and of those successful hunt-
Dave Kraus of Rutland with an early spring brook trout he caught and released while fishing on the turkey population is one of the highest in ers, 33 percent harvested a second bird under
Second Branch of the White River. New England. You can buy a turkey hunting the two-bird limit.

Vermont Trout Season Now Open


license without having to go through a lottery. Vermont was the first New England state to
The turkey license comes with two spring re-establish wild turkeys when it released 31
tags for two bearded birds and one tag for a wild birds from New York in 1969 and 1970.
Vermonts traditional trout fishing season occurs in May following spring runoff, there- turkey of either sex in the fall season. Plus, Today, the Green Mountain State has an esti-
opened on Saturday, April 8, and despite fore most early season fishing is entirely sup- you get to hunt the entire weekend because mated 45,000-60,000 turkeys.
extended cold weather across the state in ported by wild trout. hunting is allowed on Sundays. Vermonts wild turkey restoration pro-
recent weeks, officials from Vermont Fish & Angling success may be improved by In 2016, hunters took 5,537 turkeys in both gram is a tremendous wildlife management
Wildlife say anglers can be successful early focusing on waters known to hold wild fish, the youth weekend and regular spring season, success story funded entirely by hunters
in the season by following a few basic tips. said Ladago. Despite unpredictable and and 1,272 turkeys in the fall season. through the sale of hunting licenses and a
Just like any other time of the year, often extreme weather during early spring, Landowner permission is required to hunt federal tax on hunting equipment, said
anglers fishing early in the spring should each year anglers report catching impressive on private land during youth turkey hunting Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner
adjust their tactics based on the conditions, trout during opening weekend. weekend. To be eligible, a youth must be age Louis Porter. Now, hunters are reaping the
said Brett Ladago, fisheries biologist with Anglers who like to fish and release their 15 or under. The youth must have success- benefits by seeing excellent turkey hunting in
Vermont Fish & Wildlife. Given the cold catch dont need to wait for opening day. fully completed a hunter education course Vermont. And, all Vermonters are enjoying
weather and runoff from recent storms and There are year-round catch-and-release fish- and possess a hunting license, a turkey hunt- watching the big birds as they roam hillsides
snow melt, water levels will be high, flows ing opportunities for trout and bass in ing license and a free youth turkey hunting they had been absent from for almost a cen-
will be faster than normal, and water tem- Vermont. See pages 35-36 of the 2017 tag. tury.
peratures will be cold. Vermont Fishing Guide and Regulations The youth also must be accompanied by an Large numbers of turkeys are being seen
As a result, anglers may want to target Digest for a list of rivers open to year-round unarmed adult who holds a hunting license this spring after two relatively mild winters,
small to medium, low-elevation rivers and trout fishing. and is over 18 years of age. New this year added Porter, so hunters can expect very
streams where flows slow and waters warm The digest is a helpful tool for planning a shooting hours are one half hour before good chances of success.
more quickly, added Ladago. Finding water fishing trip as it includes maps showing rivers sunrise to 5 p.m. just for the youth weekend. To find out more about wild turkey hunt-
that isnt too muddy can be key, and slowing and lakes, as well as fishing access areas and The youth may take one bearded turkey dur- ing in Vermont, contact the Vermont Fish &
your lure or bait retrieval will help tempt public lands. It also lists the fish species ing youth weekend and two bearded turkeys Wildlife Department by telephone at 802-
sluggish trout into biting. found in each body of water. Copies are avail- in the regular May hunting season. Last year, 828-1000 or check in at their website (www.
Ladago also said that fishing slowly with able where fishing licenses are sold, by call- young hunters took 662 turkeys during vtfishandwildlife.com). The 2016 Turkey
worms or spinners through deep holes behind ing the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Vermonts two-day youth hunt with a success Harvest Report, available on the website, has
current breaks created by big boulders, at 802-828-1000, or visiting www.vtfishand- rate of 31 percent. details to help you plan your hunt, including
downed trees or log-jams can be productive wildlife.com. The regular spring turkey hunting season is the number of turkeys taken in each town. A
for early season trout. To purchase a fishing license, view depart- May 1-31. Shooting hours are one half hour 2017 Guide to Turkey Hunting, also on the
Vermont is known for its excellent and ment trout stocking schedules, or learn more before sunrise to noon. Two bearded turkeys website, provides regulations for this year.
diverse fishing opportunities for wild trout. about fishing in Vermont, visit www.vtfis- may be taken, and all of Vermont is open to Licenses are available on the Fish &
Trout stocking in streams and rivers generally handwildlife.com. turkey hunting during the youth weekend and Wildlife website and from agents statewide.

Family Camping Weekend Celebrates 20th Anniversary F&W Board Seeks Public Input on
For the past 20 years, the annual Becoming
an Outdoors Family Weekend has provided
to be used at the time of registration.
Anyone requiring a disability-related Proposed Fishing Regulation Changes
an avenue for families to experience nature accommodation to participate in the camping The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board is now Implementing new bags limits on bowfin,
and learn basic outdoor skills while making weekend should call her by May 8. in the process of seeking public input on a redhorse sucker and longnose gar.
new friends. Early registration is encouraged as tent, number of proposed fishing regulation chang- In addition, an angling group is proposing
This years event, organized by University lean-to and RV sites, as well as workshops, es that could go into effect starting in 2018. from September 1 to October 31 on the Clyde
of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Among the proposed changes are: River from Lake Memphremagog upstream
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Families and friends may request adjoining Simplifying regulations on the Missisquoi to the West Charleston dam, that angling be
Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Forests, sites. Participants may stay for no charge on River for muskellunge and year-round fish- restricted to fly fishing with floating line,
Parks and Recreation, is planned for June 2-4 Sunday night by contacting the park office ing. unweighted leader and one unweighted artifi-
at Stillwater State Park in Groton. While open upon arrival. Expanding the Little River two-trout bag cial fly with a single hook.
to both new and veteran campers, the week- Each camper will have a choice of three limit to the section between the Route 2 The Board will be hosting four public hear-
end is intended as an introduction to camping workshops. Offerings include beginning and bridge and Waterbury Reservoir Dam. ings to gather comments on the proposals,
and the outdoors. advanced mountain biking, geocaching, intro- Making the existing Dog River test water and will accept written comments through
In addition to traditional camp activities, duction to archery, basic firearm safety, out- designations for catch and release trout fish- May 17, 2017.
the weekend features workshops, a bottle door cooking, orienteering and wildlife track-
rocket-making station and launch, Friday ing into permanent regulations. The hearings start at 6:30 p.m., and the
ing, among others. Workshops designed spe- Changing the catch and release trout regu- schedule is as follows: Tuesday, May 2 in
night ice cream social and Saturday night
potluck supper and dance party with a 90s cifically for the youngest campers include lation on the Batten Kill to include an artifi- Newport at the Emory Hebord State Office
theme. Throughout the weekend families will exploring trees through touch, nature for very cial lures and flies gear restriction, similar to Building; Wednesday, May 3 in Rutland at
have full access to all park facilities including young explorers and wilderness survival for the Dog River. Rutland High School; Thursday, May 4 in
the boat launch and free canoe and kayak young families. Simplifying the Clyde River regulations Montpelier at the Pavilion Building at 109
rentals. Fishing licenses may be purchased at New this year are sessions on black bears, and expanding its catch and release season Main Street; and Tuesday, May 9 in St.
the park although kids under 15 fish for free. honey bees, pond life, wood slice art, barn- for salmon to include September and Albans at the St. Albans Town Education
Registration for the campsite (for up to wood quilts, kitemaking, kayaking, back- October. Center.
eight people) and all activities is $189 per packing and white-tailed deer and moose. All Establishing rules against snagging fish. To submit questions or comments to the
family. The deadline to register is May 20. sessions are led by expert instructors and Creating a new definition of immediate Board, email fwinformation@vermont.gov.
Visit go.uvm.edu/outdoor-family. include hands-on activities. control for ice fishing. To learn more about the proposed regula-
Families of currently deployed military Past attendees who refer a new family will Moving existing language related to com- tion changes, the public hearing schedule, or
personnel may attend for a discounted rate. be entered in a drawing for a free weekend mercial angling into a new section. the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board, visit the
Eligible families should contact Becky stay at any Vermont state park, courtesy of the Expanding the legal method of take for Fish & Wildlife Board page under the
Bartlett at rebecca.bartlett@uvm.edu or (802) Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and fish to include spear gun and cross bow on a About Us section at www.vtfishandwild-
257-7967 ext. 301 to receive a discount code Recreation. limited number of species. life.com.
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March 2017 Weather Statistics Barre-Montpelier an oligarch society which controls information. Yup, its bad very bad. Keep
Highest temperature: 61 degrees on the 1st watching the arctic my friends, and what craziness happens here in Vermont,
Coolest daytime high: 5 degrees on the 4th the Northeast.
Lowest temperature: -6 degrees on the 11th
Warmest minimum 42 degrees on the 1st Ice Bergs Suddenly Overwhelm Shipping Lanes Green-
Monthly average 23.4 which was 5.6 degrees below normal
Heating Degree days 1281 Normal 1118
land Calving Goes Nuts.
More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the North Atlantic shipping
Cooling degree days 0 Normal 0 lanes in early April. Unusually large, the swarm had been forcing vessels to
Average daytime Sky cover: 6/10ths which is partly to mostly cloudy slow to a crawl or take detours of hundreds of miles.
Heaviest precipitation: 0.83 on the 14th Experts are attributing it to uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds
Accumulated March precipitation: 2.75 Normal 2.39 that are drawing the icebergs south, and perhaps also global warming, which is
Precipitation Percent of normal: 115% of normal accelerating the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off
Largest snowfall: 11.2 on the 14 and oat away. As of Monday, there were about 450 icebergs near the Grand
Total snowfall accumulation: 33.4 ve months spanning October 2016 through February 2017 were more than Banks of Newfoundland, up from 37 a week earlier, according to the US Coast
Thunderstorm days: total 0 4.5 degrees F above average over the entire Arctic Ocean, and greater than 9 Guards international ice patrol in New London, Connecticut. Those kinds of
Strongest winds 42 mph on the 22nd from the northwest degrees F above average over large parts of the northern Chukchi and Barents numbers are usually not seen until late May or early June. The average for this
Seas. These overall warm conditions were punctuated by a series of extreme time of year is about 80.
March Weather Much colder than normal, Second heat waves over the Arctic Ocean.
Data from the European Space Agencys CryoSat-2 satellite indicate that this
In the waters close to where the Titanic went down in 1912, the icebergs are
coldest this winter after December... winters ice cover may be only slightly thinner than that observed at this time of
forcing ships to take precautions. Instead of cutting straight across the ocean,
The Winter of 2016-2017 was literally one of the most back-loaded as De- trans-Atlantic vessels are taking detours that can add around 650km (400
year for the past four years. However, an ice-ocean model at the University of miles) to the trip. Thats a day and a half of added travel time for many large
cember data shows at the E.F. Knapp airport. Temperature in December 2016 Washington (PIOMAS) that incorporates observed weather conditions suggests
ended as the coldest at 23.0 degrees which turns out to be exactly average. cargo ships. Close to the Newfoundland coast, cargo ships owned by Oceanex
the volume of ice in the Arctic is unusually low. are throttling way back to three or four knots as they make their way to their
January, normally colder went warmer at 24.4 degrees which was 7.7 degrees
too warm. February was also way warm averaging 26.0 degrees or +6.1 above home port in St Johns, which can add up to a day to the trip, said executive
average. Then came March the only one below normal at 23.4 degrees. This What about Antarctica chairman Captain Sid Hynes. One ship was pulled out of service for repairs
was negative 5.6 degrees. So March 2017 turns out to be a little warmer than In the Southern Hemisphere, sea ice likely reached its minimum extent for after hitting a chunk of ice, he said. It makes everything more expensive,
December...mainly because of the last few days were mild. As typical Marchs the year on March 3, at (815,000 square miles. This years minimum extent was Hynes said. Youre burning more fuel, its taking a longer time, and its hard
go, it was brutal for Sugar makers and seemed much more like January or the lowest in the satellite record, continuing a period of satellite-era record low on the equipment. He called it a very unusual year.
February. daily extents that began in early November. However, the Antarctic system has Most icebergs entering the North Atlantic have calved off the Greenland
In the snow department March was the biggest snow producer with 33.4 been highly variable. As recently as 2015, Antarctic sea ice set record high daily ice sheet. Michael Mann, director of the earth system science center at Penn-
Second was February 29.9 December 25.7 was third with January a poor extents, and in September 2014 reached a record high winter maximum. sylvania State University, said it was possible climate change was leading to
snow producer with only 11.6 falling. March can often be big in snowfall The Antarctic minimum extent is 286,000 square miles below the 1981 to more icebergs in the shipping lanes, but wind patterns were also important.
moist jet stream and storm trafc, but not always. 2010 average minimum of 1.10 million square miles 71,000 square miles below In 2014, there were 1,546 icebergs in the shipping lanes the sixth most
According to Winter data from the E.F. Knap Air port there were a total of the previous lowest minimum that occurred on February 27, 1997. severe season on record since 1900, according to the patrol. There were 1,165
10 days receiving ice or sleet which typically go hand in hand. Antarctic air temperatures during the autumn and winter were above aver- icebergs in 2015 and 687 in 2016.
Winter weather in Vermont typically begins the end of November and last age, but less so than in the Arctic. Air temperatures at the 925 hPa level (about The international ice patrol was formed after the sinking of the Titanic to
into the rst part of April. The bulk of Winter is usually December through 2,500 feet above sea level) near the sea ice edge have been about 2 to 4.5 monitor iceberg danger in the North Atlantic and warn ships. It conducts recon-
March. National Weather Service Climatology typically uses December degrees Fahrenheit above the 1981 to 2010 average. naissance ights that are used to produce charts.
through February as winter. However, Coldest 90 days of meteorological In 104 years, no ship that has heeded the warnings has struck an iceberg,
winter Dec. 12th thru March 9th Midpoint of winter is January 23rd where in Why should We Care? according to the ice patrol.
the olden days we would have a January thaw. Focusing on the Arctic North pole - Ice loss attribution has been linked by
several studies and more corroborating information which comes in nearly Vermont April Weather Trends
Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) every day to horrendous weather. Simplied, it creates those weather extremes
that affects you and yours living now and especially in the future oods, heat
April Weather starts cold but moderates Warmer however modeling
Mid April measurement for Carbon Dioxide CO2 was 409.39 ppm as prediction is about as low as it gets. And a lot of coniction for the Forecast.
measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory. Highest-ever daily average CO2 at waves, droughts, infrastructure loss, property loss, deaths and calamity. The Roller coast ride continues as it looks well into May. This will feature
Mauna Loa Observatory 409.56 ppm back on March 27th, 2017. some rather cold days and we are probably not done with snow either so
Where Politics and Weather Collide... you are taking chances when you take your snow tires off as least in this highly
variable pattern that seems to have become default.
What to Watch Polar Sea Ice melt off, Blue Ocean Apparently this weather mayhem is not enough for our so called elected (or
Above I mentioned the seriousness of what goes on in the arctic. Losing
not see Russian scandal) leadership at the helm in Washington D.C. This so
event within the next 4 Septembers... called leadership was aided and abetted by self aggrandizing plutocrats mil- sea ice does not stop at the arctic. Well the jet stream and i.e. storm track is all
Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent a little lionaire/billionaires in the legislative body who are representing their donors over the place due to the unusual early loss of snow in surrounding continents
over a month ago on March 7. The arctic winter - cold and dark creates the sea and not the average joe on the block who lives in the 100 to 1000 year ood of the arctic ocean. This effects the weather here in Vermont. What we do not
ice that eventually accumulates (just like snow does on our mountain peaks plain. want to see is the large amplitudes in troughs and ridges which are driven by
and eventually the accumulation peak lags astronomical winter which occurred Short term prots will not erase long term outcomes for all. Flood insurance a slowing jet stream due to the arctic warming and the Albedo of the arctic
back on December 21st) just as it takes many winter storms to build up snow program will be the rst to go. They, the Millionaire/billionaire class will be ever increasing warming the arctic ocean. Thus Spring and Fall seasons have
depth, the ice buildup lags as well. What is noteworthy, this is the lowest the rst to tell you Sorry there just is not any money! So, sorry little one. become less predictable.
maximum in the 38-year satellite record. City and towns - FEMA grants? Keep watching as the weather drivers go more Anything goes this April. I suspect a drier and wetter trend depending on
On March 7, 2017, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the extreme. locations with the wetter trends likely across northern Vermont and drier trends
year, at 5.57 million square miles, the lowest in the 38-year satellite record. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has seen to it to cut and omit publica- in the southern areas. Temperatures will be4 colder at rst but after the 15th,
This years maximum extent is 471,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 tion of even 2 meter temperatures of the high arctic shown by NASA What when a cold wave affects most of our region we will likely moderate out some
average maximum of 6.04 million square miles and 37,000 square miles below are they afraid of? Do they not know that arctic study is international? Do they of the early cold and end the month on a warm note but start May on a cold
the previous lowest maximum that occurred on February 25, 2015. not know that there are tens of thousands doing scientic study on ice loss and note. Its all about oscillations in the jet stream/storm track.
This years maximum is 39,000 square miles below the 2016 maximum,
Check out Weathering Heights
anthropogenic warming?. Apparently this information is a bigly threat to the
which is now third lowest. system, never mind physics temperature and water vapor.
For the polar arctic region, it was a very warm autumn and winter. Air
on Facebook
Some say Democracy peaked in 2006 and was in a free fall since November
temperatures at the 925 hPa level (about 2,500 feet above sea level) over the 8th. In the so called increasingly plutocratic free west there was a trend toward

WORLD SPORTS & OUTDOORS


Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Vermont Mountaineers and Three Penny
Are Available Taproom Announce New Beer Garden
Vermont moose hunting permit applica- moose statewide with the greatest concentra- Following a unanimous vote of approval Montpelier Recreation Field. We love what
tions are now available on the Vermont Fish tion in the Northeast Kingdom. by the Montpelier City Council, the Board of the games bring to the culture of Montpelier
& Wildlife Departments website (www.vtfis- We continue to take a very conservative Directors of the Vermont Mountaineers are and, as a business who takes pride in our
handwildlife.com). approach given recent regional and national pleased to announce a new beer garden at community, we look forward to providing
Printed applications will be available from trends of moose populations and health, Montpelier Recreation Field for the 2017 this service to the fans. We will provide a safe
Vermont license agents in early May. added Alexander. Moose biologists from season. The beer garden will be a shared ven- and fun place for folks to have a beer or cider
A total of 63 regular moose season permits the southern tier of moose range across North ture with the Three Penny Taproom. The while watching the game.
and 17 archery moose season permits will be America are increasingly concerned about the Three Penny Taproom will operate the beer Brian Gallagher, General Manager of the
issued for Vermonts 2017 October moose effects of warming temperatures on moose garden which will bring their nationally rec- Vermont Mountaineers, said, We are excited
hunt. The archery season is October 1-7. The health. Moose can easily become stressed by ognized knowledge of Vermont craft beers to partner with the Three Penny Taproom on
regular season will be October 21-26. warmer weather causing them to feed less and expertise in serving beer at community this addition to the ballpark. They are strong
The number of permits is reduced from last and early spring snow melt that results in events to the ballpark. members of the central Vermont community
years 165 total number of permits, and per- higher winter tick loads the following year. The beer garden will be located down the and have a long track record of successful and
mits will only be issued for bulls this year. Lottery applications are $10 for residents left-field line just beyond the foul pole. The responsible operations. Many of the teams in
Hunters are expected to harvest close to 33 and $25 for nonresidents. The deadline to new fenced-in area will feature picnic tables the NECBL either have beer available at their
moose with the reduced number of permits. apply is July 3. Winners of the permit lottery for fans to rest and cans of beer and cider ballparks or are in the process of adding it to
We recommended a reduction in permit will purchase resident hunting permits for from local brewers. Proof of legal drinking their games. Plus, fans have often asked for
numbers and permits only for bulls this year $100 and nonresident hunting permits for age and a ticket to the game will be required the chance to enjoy a cold beer while watch-
based on biological data, and our population $350. Hunters also will have the option to to enter the beer garden and beer sales will ing a ballgame on a beautiful Vermont sum-
estimates indicating moose densities remain bid on five moose hunting permits in an auc- conclude at the end of the seventh inning. mer night. We are happy to be able to add this
below management goals in many areas, tion to be announced later. Beginning in Drinks will not be allowed outside of the beer option to the Mountaineers games.
said wildlife biologist Cedric Alexander, 2016, hunters who held a permit within the garden. The beer garden will also be available for
Vermonts moose project leader. The intent past five years are not eligible to apply for a Scott Kerner, co-owner of the Three Penny group and corporate events. If you are inter-
of the proposal to allow controlled population permit or to buy a bonus point. A person who Taproom, said of the new venture, We are ested in scheduling an event in the beer gar-
growth. had a permit before 2016 must wait three honored to be part of the Mountaineers plans den, please contact Brian Gallagher at
Alexander estimates Vermont has 1,750 years. for adding a beer garden to the games at gmvtm@comcast.net.

Chickering Fen in Calais Recognized as One of Three Vermont Wetlands with Class I Designation
Three unique Vermont wetlands are now Vermonters, today and into the future. ple can use canoes or kayaks to paddle along This wetland supports ecosystems usually
being classified as Class I wetlands, a desig- Though most wetlands exhibit substantial the perimeter of the refuge and down the found in colder areas to the north of Vermont,
nation that places extra protections on wet- levels of plant and wildlife diversity, Class I Lamoille River to observe wildlife from the with spruce-fir forest, large expanses of bog,
lands with exceptional ecological features. wetlands are granted additional protections water. Boats can be rented from Sand Bar and frequent moose sightings. Access is avail-
The three wetlands receiving Class I designa- from encroaching development because of State Park. The 1,100-acre wetland complex able via Route 102 and Dennis Pond Road in
tions are the Sandbar wetlands (Milton and their exceptional or irreplaceable values. includes stands of wild rice and one of the Brunswick. The bog is best viewed by boat to
Colchester), Dennis Pond wetlands The Department encourages the public to largest and best-condition examples of the prevent trampling of sensitive plants. The site
(Brunswick), and Chickering Fen (Calais). enjoy these areas, but to do so at appropriate uncommon Lakeside Floodplain Forest natu- can also be accessed in the winter from a
These are the first wetlands to be granted times of year and through established trails or ral community type in the state. VAST trail on the west end of the wetland
Class I status in over a decade. Only three observation areas. Spring and early summer The Chickering Fen wetland, wholly owned basin. Be aware that some of the Dennis Pond
other wetlands have been assigned Class I are the time of year when many wetland- by The Nature Conservancy, is accessed via basin includes areas of private land. Please
status: Dorset Marsh in Dorset, Northshore dependent wildlife such as wood ducks, her- an easy one-mile hiking trail ending in a respect No Trespassing signs.
Wetland in Burlington, and Tinmouth Channel ons, osprey, bitterns, marsh wrens and many boardwalk into the wetland. Good times to Class I designations occur as part of a
Wetland in Tinmouth. more are nesting, laying eggs, and rearing visit the fen include May and June when robust public process to make updates and
These wetlands were conserved years ago young. It is important to avoid disturbing unusual fen wildflowers can be found, and changes to the Vermont Wetland Rules, which
in recognition of the value they provide in wildlife in wetlands during this time of year. late October when the tamarack surrounding govern protections on wetlands. Amendments
protecting fish and wildlife habitat, buffering If you are visiting, consider the following the fen turns bright yellow. The hike itself can be initiated by the Agency or through a
our communities against the devastating information to respectfully access and observe also features views of other wetlands, conifer petition to the Agency. The three wetlands
impacts of floods, and improving water qual- wildlife at these wetlands: forest, and a rich forest with spring wildflow- nominated for Class I designations were
ity for drinking or swimming, said Emily The Sandbar wetland complex is mostly ers. Please remain on the boardwalk when included in the updated set of rules approved
Boedecker, Commissioner of the Vermont designated as a wildlife refuge by the Vermont viewing the wetland to avoid harming the in January 2017. The updates became effec-
Department of Environmental Conservation. Fish and Wildlife Department. In the refuge sensitive fen vegetation. The trail crosses tive April 1.
The Class I designation memorializes their area, public access is prohibited. However, private property, so please do not enter areas Other revisions to the wetlands rule includ-
value by ensuring that the simple pleasure of good viewing opportunities are available at marked as No Trespassing. ed increasing the public noticing period for
spending quiet time observing nature in these several locations along Route 2 in Milton and The Dennis Pond wetland can be explored permit applications by 5-15 days, and outlin-
treasured places is protected for all from Sand Bar State Park. Additionally, peo- either from the land or via canoe or kayak. ing a clearer permit amendment process.
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