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West Mountain WMA Management Plan Update

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The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is updating the management plan for the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Public Access Plan for the Plum Creek Timberlands in Essex County.  

After holding public meetings and gathering input for the updates during the spring and summer of 2013, the Agency has completed draft plan updates. There will now be three public meetings and a comment period through June 11, 2014 to gather additional public input on the proposed updates to the plans.

The public meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the following locations:



April 29

Brighton Elementary School
825 Railroad Street, Island Pond

April 30

Montpelier High School
5 High School Drive, Montpelier

May 5

Lyndon State College
ASAC building

Public Comment - Deadline June 11, 2014
Fish & Wildlife is relying on input from the public to guide this process and encourages everyone who regularly uses these lands to attend a meeting or provide written comments.

Read the full draft update to the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area Plan »

Read the summary for the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area Plan update »

Read the draft update to the Private Timberlands Public Access Plan »

Read the summary for the Private Timberlands Public Access Plan update »

Read the summary of public comments gathered during scoping meetings »

The Agency welcomes written comments about the update at or sent to
Doug Morin
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1229 Portland Street, Suite 210
St Johnsbury VT 05819

Timeline for Plan Update
Summer 2013: Public scoping meetings
Winter 2013-2014: Create draft updates
Spring 2014: Public comment on draft plans
Summer 2014: Plans finalized

West Mountain WMA is the largest wildlife management area in Vermont. It is a vast area of bogs and evergreens and is known for its remote character and large moose population.

Since 1999, the Agency of Natural Resources has managed West Mountain WMA for natural resource conservation and public access, and has managed a public access easement on adjacent lands now belonging to the Plum Creek Timber Company. This complex project has involved collaboration with partner organizations including The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Land Trust, and Plum Creek, as well as numerous local and state constituent groups.

Read the current management plan for the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area »

Read the current Private Timberlands Public Access Plan »

Read the West Mountain WMA Corrected Grant of Development Rights,Conservation Restrictions and Public Access Easement »


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