Vermont offers no-cost licenses for individuals with disabilities.
A legally blind person who is a Vermont resident may apply for a free permanent fishing license. Documentation from the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired is required.
Use LIEP to learn more about common aquatic invasive animal species found in Vermont waters.
Aquatic invasive animal species impact Vermont's ecosystems and recreational opportunities. These species can harm native animal populations and limit fishing and boating activities. However, there are many steps you can take to prevent the spread of these species and protect Vermont's waters.
European water chestnut grows in slow-moving, nutrient-rich rivers and lakes and can grow in shallow waters to depths of 16 ft. In Vermont, water chestnut has been found in southern Lake Champlain and its tributaries, Mississquoi Bay, Lake Bomoseen, and several other lakes and ponds throughout the state.
Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) can be found in slow moving rivers, lakes and ponds at depths of 3 to 95 ft. It prefers waters that are relatively high in calcium and phosphorus. In Vermont, starry stonewort is documented in Lake Memphremagog and Lake Derby.
European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) prefers calcium-rich, quiet waters such as marshes, swamps, ponds, slow-moving rivers and lakes, sheltered inlets and bays, and ditches. In Vermont, frogbit has been documented in southern Lake Champlain, Shelburne Pond, the Winooski River delta, the islands region of Lake Champlain, and Mississquoi Bay.
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is usually found in wetlands, marshes, river and stream sides, roadside ditches, culverts, and lake and pond shores. However, loosestrife can also grow in drier soils such as those of meadows, pastureland, and home gardens. In Vermont, purple loosestrife has the highest densities in Essex county but can also be found in Chittenden, Addison, Washington, and Windsor counties.
Glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus) tolerates a wide variety of conditions but thrives best in wet or moist soils and is therefore found in wetlands, bogs, river and streambank habitats, and wet meadows. However, it can also grow in drier habitats such as forests, fields, roadsides, and disturbed areas. In Vermont, glossy buckthorn occurs in all counties, but is most common in Rutland, Windsor, Chittenden, Caledonia, and Essex counties.
There are two types of non-native, invasive barberry, Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) and common barberry (Berberis vulgaris). They are both sun and shade tolerant and can therefore grow in many places including closed canopy and open woods, forest borders, fields, wetlands, and roadsides. In Vermont, barberry is most prevalent in Chittenden and Windsor counties.