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Habitat Stamp donations are helping to conserve land near Pond Woods WMA.

This fall, the Fish & Wildlife Department will add a new 50-acre parcel to the Pond Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Located in western Rutland County, this addition to Pond Woods WMA will further conserve an important connective corridor between other state-conserved lands including Bomoseen State Park and Blueberry Hill WMA in the towns of Benson and Orwell, and it will offer public access to Sunset Lake.

Pond Woods WMA contains 2400 acres of both upland and wetland natural communities, including a white-tailed deer wintering area, and supports snowshoe hares, cottontail rabbits, gray and red squirrels, red foxes, coyotes, bobcats, skunks and porcupines.

The assorted habitat types are a draw for several kinds of birds from waders and waterfowl to passerines and raptors. The forests contain such species as barred owls, pileated and downy woodpeckers, least flycatchers, northern flickers and warblers.

The purchase of this WMA was made through a combination of federal and state funds, and private donations to the department’s Vermont Habitat Stamp.

Since May 2015, hunters and anglers have donated more than $150,000 to the Vermont Habitat Stamp.

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