State wildlife areas receive funding for infrastructure improvements

ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be completing several infrastructure improvement projects on Snake Mountain WMA (Wildlife Management Area) in Addison/Weybridge, Dead Creek WMA in Addison, Little Otter Creek WMA in Ferrisbrugh, and Lewis Creek WMA in Starksboro from October through mid-December.
“We recognize that this is an unfavorable time of year to conduct this work, which could interfere with hunting access and other activities on these lands,” said wildlife biologist Amy Alfieri. “However, unanticipated federal funding became available in recent months and must be used by the end of the year, so these projects must be completed during this period. All areas will remain open, but users should use caution, and there may be delays at times.” Updates will be posted on the department website at Locations marked for improvement are as follows:

Dead Creek WMA
• Route 17 goose viewing area road improvements.
• Brilyea Road improvements.
• Headquarters and Visitor Center road repaving.

Little Otter Creek WMA
• East Slang Forest Road improvements.

Snake Mountain WMA
• Western Trail waterbars and emergency access improvements.

Lewis Creek WMA
• Hillsboro Road and parking area.
• Ireland Road parking area.
Although the access projects may cause short-term inconvenience or disruption for some activities this fall, the long-term benefits of improved roads and parking, and repairs to areas of high foot traffic using this unprecedented funding will benefit all who enjoy these WMAs for many years into thefuture.


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