The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is updating the management plan for the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Essex County.
Timeline for Plan Update
May—June, 2013: Public scoping
Summer—fall, 2013: Creation of draft updates
Late fall, 2013: Public review of drafts. Meeting dates TBA.
Late spring, 2014: Plans complete
Public Comment - Deadline August 15
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. While scoping meetings are now complete, public comments are encouraged from now until August 15, 2013 at the addresses below, and will be sought again when the Agency hosts additional public meetings late this fall to review and refine its plans (dates TBA).
Read the current management plan for the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area»
Read the summary of public comments gathered during scoping meetings »
Read the West Mountain WMA Corrected Grant of Development Rights,Conservation Restrictions and Public Access Easement »
The Agency welcomes written comments about the update at ANR.FWwmaComments@state.vt.us or sent to
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1229 Portland Street, Suite 210
St Johnsbury VT 05819
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 more about the West Mountain WMA and its management since 2000»