Plan would limit or ban ATV use in Vermont wildlife management areas

Publish Date: 
Aug 29, 2012


WATERBURY, Vt. - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department wants to regulate land use at its 88 wildlife management areas covering 133,000 acres.

The agency has been holding public hearings on a plan to protect wildlife and visitor safety that may include restrictions or bans on ATV use in some areas.

"We want the public to use these properties, but we also need a legal mechanism to make sure we can control and manage these activities," department spokesman John Austin told WCAX.

Under the proposed rule change, activities like ATV riding, snowmobiling, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding would be prohibited, but exceptions are expected to be granted.

The rule change still must survive two more votes by the Fish & Wildlife Department and the state Legislature. 

Posted by Holly Wagner