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Promoting Wildlife Connectivity in Southern Vermont

Jens Hawkins-Hilke, Vermont Fish & Wildlife, in Wilmington discussing the Staying Connected Initiative

Maintaining large blocks of forest and connected habitat is critical for the health of wildlife species in Southern Vermont. How to do this was the subject of a well attended meeting in Wilmington this autumn where citizens serving on local conservation and planning commissions joined VNRC and members of the Staying Connected Initiative to learn about strategies for maintaining habitat connectivity in their region. The meeting was timely given that starting in 2018, revised town plans will need to identify important wildlife connectivity areas and strategies to reduce the fragmentation of these areas. VNRC is currently working on guidance to implement this planning requirement, and is available to help municipal officials as they work to maintain habitat connectivity throughout Vermont.