Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area Public Meeting 8/23 6-8pm

VERMONT AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

FISH & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT

DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS, PARKS AND RECREATION

WHIPSTOCK HILL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

PUBLIC MEETING – DRAFT LONG RANGE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – 6-8pm

One World Conservation Center, 413 US Route 7S, Bennington, VT  05201

As part of the ongoing development of the long range management plan for Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area, the Vermont Departments of Fish & Wildlife and Forests, Parks & Recreation are hosting a public meeting for the release of the draft plan.

The 425-acre Whipstock Hill property is owned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for the purposes of fish and wildlife conservation, and to provide public access to enjoy these resources. The WMA consists of two parcels physically divided by Whipstock Road. The main parcel is the western-most and largest and is located between Whipstock Road and Vermont Route 279. The smaller parcel is located east of Whipstock Road and is dominated by wetlands.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the public to review the highlights of the draft long range management plan and ask questions. A short presentation will open the meeting, followed by a discussion with comments recorded by staff. The plan focuses on restoring native plant species, particularly in and around the deer wintering area, to deal with invasive plants such as bittersweet, honeysuckle, and buckthorn. General information about these lands is available here. (www.fpr.vermont.gov). The draft plan can be found here.

For more information, contact:  Lisa Thornton, Stewardship Forester at lisa.thornton@vermont.gov or Doug Blodgett, Wildlife Biologist at doug.blodgett@vermont.gov.