Land Acquisition and Conservation

Acquiring and permanently conserving land is central to our mission to protecting fish and wildlife and providing opportunities for wildlife-based recreation.

All Fish & Wildlife lands are open to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife watching, except for the waterfowl refuges within Dead Creek and Sandbar Wildlife Management Areas.

Get in Touch

If you have land that you would like the department to consider for conservation, please contact Jane Lazorchak at jane.lazorchak@vermont.gov. The Fish & Wildlife Department is particularly interested in lands that fall within our focus areas.

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Recent Acquisitions

Check out some of these lands that were recently permanently conserved by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area – Mt Tabor

Waterfowl and songbird habitat that connects Otter Creek WMA to Green Mountain National Forest was conserved with help from Vermont Land Trust. This 54-acre acquisition was key to maintaining the integrity of the WMA.

Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area – Wheelock

This vast 11,000-acre wilderness was expanded by 225 acres of young forested habitat that is perfect for warblers, woodcock, and moose. The department also accepted a 47-acre donation at Steam Mill Brook WMA that helps minimize the threat from development along the edge of the WMA. 

Windsor Grasslands Wildlife Management Area – Winhall and Jamaica

Vermont’s newest WMA that used to house a state prison consists of hayfields, young forests, and apple trees and is a hotspot for grassland birds in the state.

Bonsawino Wildlife Management Area – Castleton

The 281 acres adjacent to the Kehoe Conservation Camp where campers have been learning about wetlands and sleeping out under the stars is now permanently conserved for generations of campers yet to come.

In the Works

Habitat StampBelow are some of the many properties that we are currently working to conserve. If you would like to donate directly to any of these projects, please contact Jane Lazorchak at jane.lazorchak@vermont.gov or purchase a Habitat Stamp.

Mallets Creek Wildlife Management Area - Colchester

We’re looking to permanently conserve an additional 141 acres in this state-significant wetland complex, the only remaining privately held Lake Champlain influenced wetland complex. The property, owned by ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is comprised of deep rush and cattail emergent marsh, shrub/button bush wetland, floodplain forest, and mature hardwood upland forest buffer.

New Wildlife Management Area - Shrewsbury

The 527-acre Hidalgo property falls within an area mapped by the department as a highest ecological priority and one that is critical for maintaining wildlife connectivity. The property, as a new WMA, will also be used by the public for hunting, wildlife watching and hiking. The property is bordered by the Appalachian Trail and provides a scenic backdrop for hikers.

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Contact Us

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.