Acquiring and permanently conserving land is central to our mission to protecting fish and wildlife and providing opportunities for wildlife-based recreation.

All Fish & Wildlife lands are open to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife watching, except for the waterfowl refuges within Dead Creek and Sandbar Wildlife Management Areas.

GET IN TOUCH

If you have land that you would like the department to consider for conservation, please contact Jane Lazorchak at jane.lazorchak@vermont.gov. The Fish & Wildlife Department is particularly interested in lands that fall within our focus areas.

View map of focus areas

RECENT ACQUISITIONS

Check out some of these lands that were recently permanently conserved by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area – Bridport and Cornwall

Three properties totaling 333 acres doubled the size of this WMA, conserving former wetlands that had been converted to hayfields.

Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area – Athens

Two additional properties totaling 457 acres were conserved, protecting a series of wetlands that contain a federally endangered bulrush.

Gale Meadows Wildlife Management Area – Winhall and Jamaica

The final large parcel of 198 acres around Gale Meadows Pond was conserved, protecting deer yard, wetlands, and a site of the rare black-backed woodpecker.

Birdseye Wildlife Management Area – Ira and Poultney

In the largest state land conservation project in Vermont in fifteen years, 2,875 acres were conserved, creating an important wildlife corridor between the Taconic and Green Mountains.

IN THE WORKS

Below are some of the many properties that we are currently working to conserve. If you would like to donate directly to any of these projects, please contact Jane Lazorchak at jane.lazorchak@vermont.gov or purchase a Habitat Stamp.

Kehoe Conservation Camp – Castleton

We’re looking to permanently conserve the 281 acres used by our Green Mountain Conservation Camp for their outdoor education program that could otherwise be developed.

Clyde River Wetlands – Charlestonpaddling on the clyde river

These incredible ponds, streams, wetlands and hardwood forests along the Northeast Kingdom’s Clyde River are a spectacular place to hunt, fish, paddle and watch birds.

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