Expanding Otter Creek WMA

sun rising over the Green Mountains

The department, partnering with the Trust for Public Land, is working to conserve more than 344 acres of wetlands, uplands, and riverfront to expand Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Located to the north of Danby and Mt. Tabor in Wallingford, the addition of these parcels will conserve diverse natural habitat, offer public access for recreation, and improve migration corridor connectivity between the Taconic and Green Mountain ranges. Donations to the Habitat Stamp fund in May will support this important acquisition. 

Why These Parcels

Location, Location, Location
map of proposed addition to Otter Creek WMA
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The Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area’s location and geography make it a prized biodiversity hotspot. It is adjacent to 271,000 acres of Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF), state land, and private conservation land, including the soon-to-be conserved White Rocks Gateway addition to the GMNF.

Wildlife Habitat and Wildlife Abound

The project parcels contain a variety of biodiversity features of interest with eight state-significant rare natural communities on the property. The relatively unfragmented and varied forest provides hard mast—acorns, beechnuts, and butternuts—that many species of wildlife depend on. The property is home to black bear, beaver, moose, grouse, turkey, fox, coyote, river otter, and muskrat, and contains 225 acres of one of the largest deer wintering areas in the state. Waterfowl, raptors and other birds can be found on the property’s significant wetlands and waterways.

Safeguarding Water Quality
view of Otter Creek
Otter Creek (photo by Matt Peters)

Forever conserving this area, with 107 acres of wetlands, floodplain and river frontage, will safeguard water quality of the Otter Creek and increase flood resiliency on the landscape, reducing flood risks and potential damage downstream.

Looking Forward

Once acquired, the property will be managed for protection and enhancement of biodiversity, native natural communities, riparian areas, and wetlands. Public access will be open to the land for walking, snowshoeing, skiing, and wildlife viewing. The property will be open and available to dispersed pedestrian use for hunting, angling and trapping, with hunting for deer, turkey, grouse and woodcock expected. River access to Otter Creek provides paddling and cold-water-fishery angling opportunities for brook, brown and rainbow trout, along with some bass and northern pike.

Help Support This May

The Vermont Habitat Stamp is a fund that supports land conservation, habitat restoration, and public access for recreation. A donation of $15 or more receives a physical Habitat Stamp sticker, featuring a black bear and blue heron. All Habitat Stamp donations during the month of May will support the conservation of these parcels. And, a Habitat Stamp donation leverages federal dollars, meaning your $15 Habitat Stamp becomes about $45 (it can vary a bit) for conserving land, protecting clean waters, and restoring crucial habitat for Vermont's fish and wildlife. Join the effort with a 2022 Habitat Stamp and display it proudly:

Get Your 2022 Habitat Stamp Today*

*Donations of $15.00 and more receive a 4"x5" Habitat Stamp sticker in the mail. A Habitat Stamp is not required to hunt, fish or trap, nor do you have to buy a sporting license to donate. 

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Christopher Herrick

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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