The Vermont Statutes Online
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Regulations
25. Nongame wildlife species
(a) A plan for
the management of nongame wildlife species in Vermont includes all members of
the animal kingdom: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mollusks,
crustaceans, insects, and other invertebrates; and is limited to native species
not commonly taken for sport or profit, nor classified as domesticated.
determined in accordance with the plan will be coordinated by the Nongame and
Natural Heritage Program and performed by program staff with assistance from
other Fish and Wildlife Department staff and cooperating organizations and
individuals. Projects may also be performed on a contractual basis with
qualified individuals and/or institutions.
(c) The plan
comprises four primary objectives: (1) inventories and status determination of
species and natural communities, (2) species, habitat, and natural community
management, (3) planning assistance and environmental review, and (4) outreach
and education. Determination of project priorities will include consideration
of species status and degree of threat, population and habitat trends, level of
knowledge, public interest and support, availability of funding, arenas
underserved by other institutions, and ability to make a difference.
resources for project expenditures will be derived from donations to the
Vermont Nongame Wildlife Fund, proceeds from sale of vehicle conservation
license plates, federal funding sources, the business community, grants, and
other sources authorized by the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife.
and Status Determination of Species and Natural Communities: Inventories of
Vermont's wildlife and natural communities will be conducted to increase our
understanding about Vermont's wildlife, their rarity, threats to their
continued survival, and to help identify other conservation needs. Status will
be determined for species and natural communities as practicable and the
expertise of others will be solicited when needed.
Habitat, and Natural Community Management: Monitoring and management of
populations will proceed if needed based on status determination and level of
knowledge. Measures to reduce threats or enhance numbers in populations
experiencing decline will be taken. In situations where a common species is
negatively impacting other wildlife or humans, population control or management
may be attempted. Species may be reintroduced when appropriate. Legal
protection of nongame species will be enforced by law enforcement personnel.
Collection of nongame wildlife for scientific research, education purposes, or
for the purpose of using them as the subjects of art or photography shall be
authorized by issuance of a Scientific Collection Permit. Other collections or
take of nongame wildlife shall be authorized by Commissioner letter in addition
to a valid Vermont Hunting License or Small Game License.
(B) Land in
state ownership will be managed using appropriate wildlife and natural
community management techniques. Site-specific management on state lands and on
other lands when landowner permission is granted may include placement of
predator shields, artificial nesting platforms, and informational signs;
controlled burning; vegetation management; and water level stabilization.
Wildlife and natural community management will be encouraged through
publications and other outreach efforts.
Assistance and Environmental Review: Certain critical land and aquatic systems
will be protected statewide. Protection will be afforded through Act 250 criteria
and other legislation, land acquisition, purchase of development rights,
conservation agreements, and the assistance of interested landowners. Aquatic
systems will be protected through current laws and legislation, and acquisition
of riparian lands. Conservation and other planning will be assisted through
appropriate information sharing using the Biological Conservation Database
(BCD). Caution shall be exercised so that revealing site-specific information
does not result in threats to rare species and necessary habitat or compromise
landowner privacy interests.
(4) Outreach and
Education: To foster increased respect and appreciation of our natural
heritage, education and outreach efforts will be directed toward achieving a
better understanding of Vermont's nongame wildlife, their habitats, and natural
communities. An Outreach and Education Specialist position will be integrated
into the Nongame and Natural Heritage Program and help develop an education and
outreach strategy. Activities to enhance nongame wildlife education will
complement other Department and Agency efforts, and those of other conservation
education groups. Networking with other organizations and teachers will be
emphasized in order to maximize information exchange. Products and activities
may include, but are not limited to, fact sheets, booklets, slide shows,
videos, workshops, exhibits, and school programs. Opportunities for nongame
wildlife education will be created when appropriate on public land. These may
include, but are not limited to observation areas and walking trails. (1997,
Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1020, eff. Aug. 1, 1997.)