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Winter Wildlife Ecology and Forest Management at Hinesburg Town Forest

January 5, 2022 - Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester for the Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and Andrea Shortsleeve, Wildlife Biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept. on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 1:00-3:00pm for a free, public walk of a forest management project being implemented at the Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF).

This walk will highlight winter wildlife ecology, wildlife tracking, and how active management of the HTF is expected to influence wildlife habitat and behavior. 

Ice Fishing Clinics Start January 7


December 22, 2021 - Learning how to participate in an outdoor activity can be challenging, and ice fishing is a good example.  Knowing this, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of free ice fishing clinics for anyone who would like to learn about the latest proven ice fishing techniques.

Panton Farm Fined for Environmental Violations


December 21, 2021. – The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that Vorsteveld Farm, LLC (the Farm), agreed to pay a fine and perform corrective and remedial actions for unpermitted activities associated with its Large Farm Operation in Panton, Vermont.

New Fishing Regulations Begin January 1, 2022

December 17, 2021 – Vermont’s fishing regulations will look different on January 1, 2022.  But don’t worry, most of the new regulations have been simplified and provide additional fishing opportunities.  If you fish like you have in the past you will be legal, with a few exceptions.  

Sandplain Forest Restoration to Begin at Sandbar Wildlife Management Area


December 10, 2021 - A timber harvest project at the Sandbar Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Milton along Route 2 will begin soon to restore a unique and rare sandplain forest natural community that will benefit many wildlife and plant species, according to Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Christopher Herrick.

Nesting Loons Have a Record Year

November 30, 2021 -- Vermont’s loons are thriving with a record 109 nesting pairs recorded in 2021, the highest since loon monitoring began in 1978, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE).

“Across Vermont, 77 loon nests produced 125 chicks this year, and 84 of those chicks survived through August,” said VCE wildlife biologist Eric Hanson. 

VCE leads the Vermont Loon Conservation Project in partnership with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.