The Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located on the Mount Tabor–Danby line directly west of the Green Mountain National Forest. With its flat fields, rocky foothills, cold-water creek, and associated wetlands, it has become a favorite spot for hunting, fishing, hiking, and snowshoeing. VLT helped the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife acquire a 54-acre addition to the WMA by buying the land very inexpensively at public auction and then transferring it to the state at cost.

The land was entirely surrounded by the protected land of the WMA and the National Forest, but wasn’t itself protected. “We tend to refer to these types of properties as ‘doughnut holes,’” said VLT’s Donald Campbell. “It’s very exciting to secure a piece of land like this because it helps maintain a continuous stretch of forest that runs along the spine of the Green Mountains—something that’s great for wildlife and optimal forest management.” The new property also contains a small tributary that feeds directly into the Otter Creek. Funded by the State of Vermont. (March and July 2018)

Photo by Caleb Kenna