Firewood Quarantine Proposed by State, Public Input Sought

A proposed Rule Governing the Importation of Untreated Firewood into the State of Vermont has been filed with the Secretary of State. The purpose of the rule is to protect forest health by slowing the long-distance movement of wood-borne invasive forest pests, such as Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer, and preventing the spread of pests into Vermont. The enabling legislation requires the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to adopt regulations on importing untreated firewood.

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

MONTPELIER – Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The annual awards recognize resource conservation, environmental protection, pollution prevention, and sustainability efforts taken by Vermonters. Individuals, organizations, educational institutions, public agencies and businesses are all eligible for consideration. The application period for nominating a candidate will close on February 1, 2016.

Beetlemania: One Professor’s Tale of the Carabidae of VT and NH

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Author and entomologist Ross T. Bell left no stone unturned during his lifetime of research on the 495 species of ground beetles in Vermont and New Hampshire. Bell and his wife, Joyce Bell, are the world's leading experts on the carabid tribe Rhysodini, the Wrinkled Bark Beetles, and have described over three quarters of the world's 360 species.

Fish & Wildlife Suggests Waiting to Feed Birds

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging people to wait for colder weather and snow before putting up their bird feeders in order to avoid attracting bears.

The department is hearing from people who want to know if they should put out their bird feeders. Normally, December 1 is the recommended start date for feeding birds in Vermont, but this year’s lack of snow is keeping some bears from going into their winter dens.
 

Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day is January 30, 2016

Vermont’s third annual Free Ice Fishing Day is January 30, 2016.  To celebrate, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding an Ice Fishing Festival at Lake Elmore State Park in central Vermont.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is free and families with kids are encouraged to attend. 
 

Click here to read more about Vermont's Free Ice Fishing Day Festival...

2016 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Licenses Available Online Dec. 14

Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for 2016 will be available on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website on December 14.

“Vermonters really enjoy hunting and fishing,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter.  “Many people like to purchase their new licenses before January 1 so they will be ready to go ice fishing.” 
 

Click here to read more about buying your 2016 Hunting, Fishing or Trapping License online...

Vermont Birders Encouraged to Join Annual Christmas Bird Count

This holiday season marks the 116th annual Christmas Bird Count, a favorite tradition among Vermont’s birding community.  Birders in Vermont are encouraged to participate in the count, which begins on December 14 and runs through January 5. 

Even novice birdwatchers can participate because every event is led by an experienced birder. Organizers and participants include birders and biologists from Audubon Vermont, the North Branch Nature Center, the Northwoods Stewardship Center, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
 

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar and Other Gifts Available

The new Vermont Fish & Wildlife calendar is filled with spectacular photos of Vermont wildlife and striking scenes of people enjoying the state’s vast fish and wildlife resources.  The calendar includes hunting, fishing and trapping season dates for each month – the perfect gift for any hunter or angler!  These sell out quickly, so get your copy today.

Click here to find out more on how to get your 2016 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar today...

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