Emerald ash borers eat their way through Vermont’s ash tree population

Emerald ash borers eat their way through Vermont’s ash tree population

Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey after he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “You mean like that one there?” In this instance,… Read More »

State warns: Prevent infestation, don’t move firewood to campsites

Motorists in the areas of Plainfield, Groton, Calais, Williamstown, Washington, and Barre may notice new flashing road signs reading “Don’t move ash firewood beyond this point.” The signs are part of an inter-agency partnership between the Agency of Transportation, the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to… Read More »

Kudos

Kudos

Hannan K. Merritt, formerly of Shelburne, was recently awarded Alpine Level III certification by the Professional Ski Instructors of America, the highest level certification for professional ski instructors. He lives in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he teaches skiing and manages the freestyle team at Heavenly Ski Resort. Merritt is a 2013 graduate of Hobart… Read More »

Once again, it’s time to tackle invasive garlic mustard at Shelburne Bay Park

Once again, it’s time to tackle invasive garlic mustard at Shelburne Bay Park

What’s become an annual tradition at Shelburne Bay Park continues this Saturday when volunteers gather for the Fifth Annual Garlic Mustard Eradication Day. For the past four years community volunteers, including Champlain Valley Union High School students, have successfully spent a few hours pulling these invasive plants at Shelburne Bay Park each spring. This year… Read More »

A run for their lives

A run for their lives

One of Vermont’s premier wildlife-watching opportunities is happening right now as steelhead rainbow trout migrate upstream providing a spectacular display of determination as they battle springtime currents and even leap waterfalls to reach their spawning grounds. Above, a rainbow trout leaps in the Willoughby River outside Orleans village, the best place to spot steelhead in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.… Read More »

Still time to sign up tweens and teens for outdoor summer opportunities

Two programs, sponsored by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and University of Vermont Extension 4-H, offer opportunities for young people to make friends, learn outdoor skills and have fun. Green Mountain Conservation Camps and Natural Resources Management Academy have a few openings remaining for youth interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, wildlife and orienteering. Green… Read More »

Vermont walleye season opens Saturday

Vermont walleye season opens Saturday

The Vermont walleye fishing season opens Saturday and state Fish & Wildlife officials suggest particularly good chances for anglers. “We saw some really nice, trophy-size walleye during our recent survey work, which certainly brightens the outlook for the upcoming walleye season,” said Chet MacKenzie, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. Lake Champlain and its… Read More »

Watch out for moose

Watch out for moose

The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department cautions drivers that moose are on the move and likely to be crossing roadways this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning as they travel from wintering areas to spring feeding locations. While most Vermont moose are in the Northeast Kingdom, the area between Bolton and Montpelier… Read More »