Life in Vermont is intimately tied to the land— woods, waters, fields and mountains—and to the fish and wildlife that inhabit the places we call home. For hunters, anglers, hikers, paddlers, backyard birdwatchers and all other Vermonters, our natural resources are priceless. Moreover, wildlife-related recreation adds nearly $400 million to the state’s economy each year. Responsibility for taking care of our fish and wildlife rests in the hands of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, a small team of hard-working professionals dedicated to the conservation of Vermont’s cherished fish and wildlife and their habitats and to providing a wide range of public recreation, protection and education services. Like most states in the nation, we face a growing threat. The traditional sources of funding for fish and wildlife conservation are providing less and less revenue. Underfunded state fish and wildlife agencies, including Vermont’s, are being forced to cut programs, and the challenges they face are becoming more numerous and more complex.
Meanwhile, millions of dollars in available federal funds— often paying $3 for every $1 the state contributes—go unclaimed each year.
Vermont Wildlife at the Crossroads: Funding and the Future of Fish & Wildlife in the Green Mountain State
Produced by the Vermont Wildlife Partnership, 2007.
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