- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

ATHENS, Vt. (AP) - A southern Vermont wildlife management area in the towns of Athens and Grafton is nearly doubling in size.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says 460 acres has been added to the Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area bringing its total size to more than 1,000 acres.

The area contains numerous beaver-influenced wetlands, which provide habitat for the federally endangered Northeastern bulrush, as well as amphibians, turtles and waterfowl.

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter is thanking landowners - Susan and Peter Sheehan and Vance Dewitt - for working with the state. Porter says now that they’re protected, the lands will remain areas where people can connect with wildlife.

The total cost was about $393,000. Most of the money for the deal came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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