Corridor Recreation Proposals for the Kingdom Heritage Lands available for public comment

Draft Kingdom Heritage Lands Recreation Management Updates for Public Review

Updated proposals for managing hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding across much of the Kingdom Heritage Lands of northeastern Vermont will be available for public comment online and in a public meeting on April 9, 2015.

The Kingdom Heritage Lands cover 132,000 acres in Essex County and are composed of the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area, the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge (Nulhegan Basin Division) and the Plum Creek private timberlands.

Concentrated recreational uses on the West Mountain WMA and Plum Creek timberlands are managed by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources through agreements with designated corridor manager organizations. Currently, the Green Mountain Club manages hiking trails, the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers manages snowmobile trails, and the Vermont Horse Council manages equestrian trails.

Each of these organizations has provided an updated proposal detailing corridor locations, uses and management practices on the WMA and timberlands. No new organizations have submitted proposals to become corridor managers.

The public is invited to an open meeting to hear about the proposals and submit comments from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Brighton Elementary School (825 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont) on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Proposals may also be viewed on the webpages of the Fish & Wildlife Department and Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation beginning April 10, 2015, and comments may be submitted from April 10, 2015 to May 10, 2015 to: Doug.Morin@state.vt.us or Doug Morin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 1229 Portland Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

These proposals build on updated 10-year plans for management of the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area and public access on the Plum Creek Timberlands, which are available online at http://fpr.vermont.gov/state_lands/management_planning/documents/distric...

Media Contacts: Doug Morin, 802-793-3837; John Austin 802-476-0197

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife