- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on a draft 10-year, strategic plan that calls for a continued focus on habitat conservation and the most effective strategies for protecting wildlife.

The Wildlife Action Plan also calls for boosting Vermont’s economy and quality of life and it emphasizes collaboration and partnership with agencies, municipalities, and conservation organizations.

The department says the goal of the plan is to keep common species common while promoting additional conservation actions for less common species so they don’t slip toward threatened or endangered status.

Newer challenges include climate change, emerging diseases such as white-nose syndrome in bats, and additional threats to bees and butterflies.

The plan can be found on the department’s website.

The comment period is open until Nov. 8.

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