For more than 30 years Bob Klein was the director of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. From the Little Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area in Ferrisburg to Victory Bog in the Northeast Kingdom, the Conservancy has helped protect an array of natural areas and unique habitats critical to threatened and endangered species. Bob shares some of his thoughts about conservation as we paddle the waters of Little Otter Creek.
Wenlock Wildlife Management Area is one of the real special Wildlife Management Areas that is owned by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. About one-half of the nearly 2,000-acre WMA is considered deer wintering habitat and is part of the 15,000-acre Nulhegan wintering area. One of the most popular attractions at Wenlock is less than a half-mile from a parking area on South America Pond Road. A short trail through the forest leads to a 30-acre opening, where a boardwalk across a soggy peat mat leads visitors to Moose Bog.
The Rock River Wildlife Management Area is located in the town of Highgate. The slow moving river begins in Canada and meanders its way through the northwestern corner of Vermont and eventually empties into Missisquoi Bay.
The Podunk Wildlife Management Area was purchased in 1963 from a local hardwood manufacturer who used the land to supply his mill with lumber. And now here we are in the summer of 2013 celebrating the 50 year ownership of this property. No one knows exactly how the Podunk wildlife area received its name. But the 926 acre parcel located in the town of Strafford is easily accessible and offers visitors plenty to see and explore.
Middlesex Wildlife Management Area is managed for its important deer wintering habitat.
Located in the town of Whitingham the Atherton Meadows wildlife management area consists of two parcels situated on either side of Route 100. The smaller piece is southeast of Route 100. The larger 646 acre parcel lies between Route 100 and the southern end of Harriman Reservoir.
The upper Connecticut River has always been considered a treasured gem in the Northeast Kingdom. And thanks to a partnership reached in 2012 between the Vermont Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 849 acres along a 6 mile stretch of the river in the towns of Canaan and Lemmington, are now protected from future development. The Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area is only the third WMA on the banks of the Connecticut River along its 200 mile Vermont border.
Located in southeastern Vermont the Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area sits atop of what is known as the Athens dome. The 595 acres straddle the towns of Athens and Grafton, Vermont.
Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area is the second largest Wildlife Management Area in the state. It’s about roughly 10,800 acres. Most of the WMA is located in the towns of Walden and Stannard but the property also trickles into Danville and Wheelock.