Public Meeting Concerning Emerald Ash Borer Detection in Orange County



MONTPELIER -- There will be a public meeting in Barre on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 to discuss the discovery of emerald ash borer in Orange County. The meeting is being hosted by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the US Forest Service.

Three Record-Setting Fish Caught in Vermont in 2017: New records set for cisco, carp and redhorse sucker



RUTLAND, Vt – Vermont Fish & Wildlife today announced that three fish caught in 2017 have been certified as new state records.

Chase Stokes, 11, of Ferrisburgh caught a new record carp in April while fishing with a nightcrawler on Otter Creek in Panton.  The fish weighed an incredible 33.25 pounds, measured 40 inches long and had a girth of 26.5 inches.  Chase’s carp beat out the previous record, which was caught in Lake Champlain in 2006, by just 4 ounces.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to Host Turkey Hunting Seminars April 7 & 8

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring – one on Saturday, April 7 at the Barre Fish and Game Club and the other on Sunday, April 8 at the Hartland Fire Department. Both seminars will be held 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A shotgun patterning clinic will be held at the Barre seminar. Participants should bring their own shotgun and ammunition and keep them in their vehicles until instructed to bring them to the range. If you do not have your own firearm, shotguns and ammunition will be provided.

Agency of Natural Resources Re-Opens Public Comment Period for Camel’s Hump Management Unit Draft Plan



The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has reopened the public comment period on a draft plan for a group of public lands in the Camel’s Hump area of central Vermont. During the initial public comment period from October 25th through January 15th, the Agency received over 500 written comments. Several comments called for more time to submit feedback on the plan. In response, the Agency is accepting additional comments through Friday, April 13, 2018. 

Seeking Food Truck & Ice Cream Vendors for Sand Bar State Park: A Terrific Opportunity for Local Vermont Food Businesses

MONTPELIER –  Building on last year’s success, Vermont State Parks is requesting proposals for food truck and ice cream vendors at Sand Bar State Park this summer.

Food truck vendors are wanted for busy, peak summer weekends mid-June through Labor Day and may apply for as many weekends as they want, or for the entire season.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Awarded 2017 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project Award for Innovative Study of Brook Trout


MONTPELIER, Vt. – The American Fisheries Society recently awarded the 2017 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project Award to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for the project entitled “Evaluation of Wild Brook Trout Populations in Vermont Streams.”

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Vermont

MONTPELIER --  The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation (VTFPR) and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Foods & Markets (VAAFM) report that emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive forest insect from Asia, has been detected in Vermont. Officials with the USDA Animal & Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) have confirmed the identification of a beetle recently found in northern Orange County, Vermont. The insect was reported through the website.


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