- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) - A California-based nonprofit has used grant money to purchase 2,085 acres in central Vermont to enhance Camels Hump State Park’s amenities, access and wildlife.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1qmjkt2 ) the Duxbury land becomes part of a 27,300-acre stretch of publicly protected forests along the Green Mountains and solidifies the state park’s habitats for wildlife.

The Trust for Public Land acquired the property through a grant from the federal Forest Legacy program as well as funding from several other nonprofits and foundations. The trust also received 38 individual donations.

Michael Snyder, Vermont’s commissioner of forests, parks and recreation, says the conservation helps maintain a large forest block in an otherwise developed area.

Officials say outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, backcountry skiing, birdwatching and other activities will benefit from the expansion.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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