October 29, 2008
Benson, VT -- The State of Vermont has closed on a deal to conserve 119 acres of land located within the Pond Woods Wildlife Management Area in Benson with the assistance of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
This project fills in a critical piece of the wildlife management area that could have been threatened by development. The land provides contiguous habitat for wildlife and a much needed buffer to a unique wetland called Cranberry Swamp. The property was owned by Wade Fowler of Benson.
This property is home to a variety of rare birds and plants, and is a valuable natural area. Cranberry Swamp contains two types of wetlands, a Calcareous Red Maple-Tamarack Swamp, and a Poor Fen, complete with wild cranberries. The property also contains a portion of a great blue heron rookery with about a dozen nests, and the uncommon Eastern rat snake can be found here as well.
This newly acquired property will be an addition to the Pond Woods Wildlife Management Area. With over ½ mile of frontage on Perch Pond Road, conservation of this property provides for public access to the entire wildlife management area and precludes development that could have fragmented the area.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department manages 83 wildlife management areas for wildlife habitat. These WMAs also provide excellent opportunities for wildlife dependent outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife viewing.
State Wildlife Biologist Doug Blodgett was pleased to see this land become part of Pond Woods WMA and said, “We are grateful to our partners at The Nature Conservancy who assisted us in conserving this important ‘hole in the donut’. Now future generations of Vermonters can enjoy the resources on this property.”
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s mission is "the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont." A list and maps of WMAs can be found at: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/index.cfm.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Vermont Chapter, chartered in 1960, has helped conserve over 180,000 acres of significant natural areas throughout the state, and maintains 47 nature preserves. On the Web at www.nature.org/vermont.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: October 29, 2008 15:45:16