- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says more than 4,000 acres of land in the state’s wildlife management areas have been improved.

The state oversees 90 wildlife management areas and many riverfront parcels totaling more than 133,000 acres.

The areas contain key habitats for a diverse array of wildlife species from bats to black bears and spruce grouse to snowshoe hare.

They are also for people to enjoy while hunting, fishing, trapping and pursuing other wildlife-based recreation.

The department reports that last year, 4,156 acres received habitat improvement and maintenance work of one type or another.

Some of the highlights include 800 acres that were purchased, conserving high priority habitat for wildlife and endangered plants, and 4,400 trees were planted to stabilize river banks and restore flood-plain forest habitat.

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