State Biologist to Discuss Wetland Conservation for Wildlife and Water Quality
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to join the next Clean Water Series talk on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The talk will highlight wetland conservation and is part of a monthly virtual series featuring efforts to protect and restore water quality in Vermont.
At the event, David Sausville, a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will discuss a new wetland restoration program. The goal of the program is to improve water quality while providing habitat for wildlife and public land for recreation.
“While we can’t add any more land area to Vermont, we can protect the land we currently have,” said David Sausville. “By protecting it today, we’ll be able to manage it in a way that provides long-term benefits for wildlife, their habitats and ultimately humans.”
The program was created with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Lake Champlain Basin Program to acquire and restore wetlands in the Lake Champlain Basin. Wetlands improve water quality by filtering out pollutants and capturing flood waters, provide critical habitat for migratory birds, and increase access to public recreation like the Sandbar Wildlife Management Area.
Learn more about Vermont’s Wildlife Management Areas here and attend next Thursday’s talk to learn more about wetland conservation, restoration, and acquisition.