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4th annual Westmore Mountain Challenge opens for registration

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EAST CHARLESTON — The 4th annual Westmore Mountain Challenge, scheduled for Saturday, September 26, is open for registration. This one-day, five-mountain marathon hike traverses the trails on Moose Mountain, Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Haystack Mountain, and Bald Mountain, ending at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center lodge off the 10-Mile Square Road in East Charleston. “The Westmore…

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Prevalence of tumors in fish from Lake Memphremagog sparks public discussion

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NEWPORT — Raised black lesions observed in 30 percent of the brown bullhead collected from two sites in Lake Memphremagog from 2014 through 2017 have been identified microscopically as malignant melanoma. This cancer occurrence cluster is raising questions about the cause of the tumors and the implications for the long-term health of fish populations. Studies…

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4 women in their 70s to swim at Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival

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NEWPORT — Four septuagenarian women will be among the 90 winter swimmers participating in this year’s Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival on February 29 and March 1. They will be swimming in a 25-meter, two-lane pool cut in the ice near the EastSide Restaurant in Newport. Water temperatures typically run about 30.5 F and air temperatures…

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Northeast Kingdom October fishing report

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NEWPORT — Department fisheries biologist Pete Emerson who works in the St. Johnsbury office said landlocked Atlantic salmon fishing on the Clyde River should be picking up this week, as we’ve finally received enough rain to fill the waterbodies upstream. Salmon are starting to show up in the Clyde River trap, so they’re on the…

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Hunting lottery announced for Bluffside Farm in Newport

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Land Trust will hold a lottery for hunting at Bluffside Farm in Newport. This is the fourth year the land trust has held the hunting lottery. They will issue permission for deer hunting at Bluffside during three periods: October 19 to November 1 November 16 to December 1 December 7 to…

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Community celebrates 30 years of NorthWoods Stewardship Center

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EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston recently celebrated 30 years of environmental conservation, education, and stewardship in the communities of northern New England. Over 150 community members attended the event, which included a free community dinner, live music by Celtic ensemble “The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” and a silent auction…

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Great Blue Heron at Eagle Point. Photo by Doug Gimler.

Eagle Point in Derby ranked one of Vermont’s top 10 birding hotspots

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NEWPORT — With the arrival of longer days and warmer temperatures, Vermont’s bird lovers are looking to the fields and woods for a flit of color in the bushes or listening for an overhead chirp, whistle, squawk or honk as birds engage in their annual spring migration. Some of Vermont’s best bird-watching opportunities are at…

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Craftsbury man awarded for helping save the common loon in Vermont

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WILLISTON — Craftsbury resident Eric Hanson was recently presented the 2019 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Hanson is a biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) who spearheaded recovery of the formerly endangered common loon in Vermont. Hanson’s efforts over the past 21 years have included work to educate Vermonters about loons and their nesting needs,…

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Winter Swim Festival this weekend in Newport

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NEWPORT — This weekend, 85 winter swimmers supported by 35 volunteers, will be competing in a two-lane, 25-meter pool cut in the ice on Lake Memphremagog. Swimmers are traveling from all over the United States for the event, as well as internationally from South Africa, Scotland, Spain, and Quebec. They will be swimming 25-meter, 50-meter,…

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Wild & Woolly Competitive Snowshoe Races February 9 in East Charleston

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EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center will be hosting the Wild & Woolly Snowshoe Races at their campus in East Charleston on February 9. The event kicks off from 9:30 a.m. and will go until 2:00 p.m. During last autumn’s Westmore Mountain Challenge, organizers say participants requested a similarly spirited competition for the winter…

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NorthWoods Watershed Crew celebrates another year of clean water projects

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EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center Conservation Corps’ Watershed Crew has completed its fourth year implementing water quality improvement projects throughout Vermont. Since 2015, the NorthWoods Watershed Crew has installed infiltration steps, open-top culverts, rain gardens, dry wells, dripline trenches, water bars, culverts, and many more stormwater management practices that are designed to help…

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Green Fire film screening and discussion at NorthWoods

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EAST CHARLESTON — Next Friday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m, NorthWoods Stewardship Center and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Conservation Group will co-host a free screening of the film Green Fire, with a discussion to follow. Green Fire traces Leopold’s personal journey and follows the threads that connect to his legacy today, an extension of…

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