Public comment extended on conserved lands in NEK

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NEWPORT — The Vermont departments of Fish and Wildlife, together with the Forests, Parks, and Recreation department are extending the public comment period on future management and use of a group of conserved lands in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom until December 15.

Future planning is under review for how the Bill Sladyk Wildlife Management Area, Black Turn Brook State Forest and Averill Mountain Wildlife Management Area may be used for sustainable forestry, fish and wildlife habitat, and outdoor activities.

“These lands occupy a special place in Vermont,” said Doug Morin, a biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “Large areas of interconnected conserved lands with healthy forests and waters such as these are essential in Vermont.”

The draft plan may be viewed here: PLAN.

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