Outdoor Notes

VT Fish & Wildlife photo
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds anglers that ice shanties must be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday in March – the 25th – whichever comes first. All contents, debris, wood, and supports must also be removed so they do not become hazards to navigation in the spring. The fine for leaving an ice fishing shanty on the ice can be $1,000. District game wardens are available for questions via Vermont State Police radio dispatchers.

Registration open for 10th Middlebury Maple Run
Runners can sign up now for the May 6 Middlebury Maple Run, a benefit race marking its 10th anniversary this year.

Founded in 2009, the event has grown from 225 runners in its first year to more than 850 last year. It now includes a two-person relay race, a three-mile fun run, a pancake breakfast, live music along the course by Middlebury College student musicians and finishers medals.

Sue Hoxie, race co-director said the Maple Run has become a tradition. “This race has really become a destination event for New England runners and annual tradition for many who live locally.”

The Middlebury Maple Run was founded by a group of local runners to raise funds for charity and to draw visitors to the Middlebury area during a quiet time of year for tourism. With approximately 40 percent of the runners from out of state, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, which manages the event, estimates the race provides direct economic impact of at least $100,000 to the area.

New this year with registration: A 16-week training program with personalized coaching for all runners and on race day, complimentary pacing services for runners based on their goal times.

Racers can choose from three distances: a half marathon (13.1 miles), a two-person half marathon relay, and a three-mile fun run. The fun run is not recommended for children under 7; strollers are not permitted on the course.

Other highlights from sponsors: A bottle of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey to the oldest male and female finishers of the full half-marathon; Vermont-made syrup for age group awards; winners’ medals by Danforth Pewter.

Proceeds are donated via grants to nonprofits that serve Addison County; more than $60,000 has been donated to date.

Information at middleburymaplerun.com.

Wildlife and woodland management workshop
Registration is now open for a Vermont Coverts Cooperator Training Workshop scheduled for May 11-13 at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro.

The name Coverts comes from an Old English word for “cover” or “thicket” used by wildlife for protection. Its full name, Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife highlights its mission to maintain and enhance diverse wildlife habitat and healthy ecosystems. More than 675 people, known as cooperators, have completed the program.

The weekend program will feature presentations by state and local experts in wildlife and forest management and program alumni. In lectures, demonstrations and field tours, participants learn about topics such as wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, invasive control, and land conservation.

Once trained, the organization says Coverts Cooperators become part of a statewide network working to spread the land stewardship ethic. Some might join a conservation commission, others make changes to their woodland management or plan a workshop on their land. Coverts provides information and resources as they learn and pass information on to their community.

“We’re looking for people who have a desire to make a difference for Vermont’s forests and wildlife,” said Executive Director Lisa Sausville.

Materials, lodging, food and other expenses for the training are covered through donations by past participants. The $100 registration fee is refundable upon completion of the training. Information and applications are online at vtcoverts.org; or contact Lisa Sausville at info@vtcoverts.org or (802) 877-2777.

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