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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Over 100 acres of land protected in Westmore

WESTMORE — The Nature Conservancy has announced that a parcel of forested landscape has been protected in Westmore.

The 100.8-acre parcel is located in the Worcester Range to Northeast Kingdom wildlife linkage area.

The Nature Conservancy will turn over this land donation to the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife as an expansion of their Bald Hill Wildlife Management Area, keeping it open for recreational purposes such as hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Modern development, in the form of new roads and scattered construction, is fragmenting forests and preventing wildlife from moving freely among habitat blocks for food, mates, and to adjust to climatic changes.

This piece of land in Westmore is identified as a key “stepping stone” for terrestrial movement to maintain healthy wildlife populations.

“Forested landscapes are critical to Vermont’s wildlife populations, our water and air quality, economy, and our ability to adapt to climate change,” said Jon Binhammer, The Nature Conservancy’s director of land protection. “These recent projects embody these goals and help protect all the things that we love about Vermont while keeping the land open for sustainable forestry and or public access.”

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