From Vermont Fish and Wildlife
-- The State of Vermont has closed on a deal to conserve 119 acres of land located within Pond Woods Wildlife Management Area in Benson with the assistance of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
This project fills in a critical piece of the wildlife management area that could have been threatened by development. The land provides contiguous habitat for wildlife and a much needed buffer to a unique wetland called Cranberry Swamp. The property was owned by Wade Fowler of Benson.
This property is home to a variety of rare birds and plants, and is a valuable natural area. Cranberry Swamp contains two types of wetlands, a Calcareous Red Maple-Tamarack Swamp, and a Poor Fen, complete with wild cranberries.
The property also contains a portion of a great blue heron rookery with about a dozen nests, and the uncommon Eastern rat snake can be found here as well.
This newly acquired property will be an addition to the Pond Woods Wildlife Management Area. With over 1/2 mile of frontage on Perch Pond Road, conservation of this property provides for public access to the entire wildlife management area and precludes development that could have fragmented the area.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department manages 83 wildlife management areas for wildlife habitat. These WMAs also provide opportunities for wildlife dependent outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing.