ADDISON – Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department staff gathered with conservation partners at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison on Friday to commemorate a century’s worth of wildlife management area conservation.
Dead Creek is a premiere goose-viewing area. Visitors are likely to see huge flocks of geese taking to the air in a split second.
The gathering recognized the milestone achievement and emphasized the significant value wildlife management areas provide as habitat for fish and wildlife and for public access to outdoor recreation. The first Vermont Wildlife Management Area began in 1920 at the Sand Bar in Milton. Dead Creek WMA began in the 1950’s.
Event activities included the announcement of the winners of the department’s first conservation art contest, the dedication of a hiking trail at the nearby Snake Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in honor of Senator Arthur Gibb, and the presentation of the annual Sally Laughlin Award for the Conservation of Endangered and Threatened Species, awarded to Ripton resident and conservation advocate, Warren King. Department biologists then led attendees to the goose viewing area and discussed the history of the refuge and its significant role in wetland restoration and wildlife management in the Champlain Valley.
“Dead Creek is one of Vermont’s most cherished and visited wildlife management areas,” said Dead Creek WMA Manager Amy Alfieri. “Since 1949, the department has been actively acquiring, conserving, and restoring land in the Dead Creek watershed to create habitat for waterfowl, shore birds, songbirds, and other wildlife. Protecting these natural habitats also provides important access for hunters, anglers, hikers, birders and other wildlife-viewers to enjoy these natural resources.”
Conservation and management of all Wildlife Management Areas are funded through sporting license sales, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Fund, and the Vermont Habitat Stamp.
photo by K. McFarland, OnlyInYourState.com
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