June 8, 2014

Outdoors Briefs: June 8, 2014

Vermont schedules Free Fishing Day June 14

Saturday, June 14, is Vermont’s Free Fishing Day, the one day in the summer when anyone can go fishing in the Green Mountain State without a fishing license.

There are several special events tailored for young or beginning anglers, including the “Grand Isle Fishing Festival” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station on Vermont Route 314 in Grand Isle. Designed for young anglers, this free event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery. Fishing equipment will be supplied.

To find out more about Vermont’s fishing opportunities and to plan your fishing trip, call the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at (802) 828-1000, email or go to

Bird-focused forest management workshop set for Saturday, June 14

PAUL SMITHS — North Country forest landowners can register for a free workshop and woods walk scheduled for Saturday, June 14, at the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center, to learn how to maintain or encourage birds and other wildlife in their woods.

The workshops bring landowners together with experts on birds, other wildlife and forest management to encourage bird-focused sustainable forestry.

Participating landowners and foresters will hear from a series of presenters about birds and other wildlife they can attract through proper forest management, the basics of forest management, the importance of working with a forester and of having a forest management plan for their property, the tax advantages of conservation easements, and where they can find the resources, tools and potential partners to help them plan for the future of their woodlands.

Arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration and refreshments. The workshop is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a woods walk from noon to 2:30 p.m.

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