2017-02-10 / Local

Prison land to be transferred to VT Fish & Wildlife

By TORY JONES
WINDSOR — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife commissioner, biologists and state representatives will present an informational session later this month on the transfer of more than 800 acres of state-owned wildlife management land from the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services to the  Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD).

The wildlife area is now overseen by VFWD. It was previously associated with the Southeast State Correctional Facility (SESCF) and is adjacent to that facility, all according to an email from Daniella Malin, owner of a Vital Communities Windsor email list, a discussion forum for topics related to the town of Windsor.

Vermont State Reps. John Bartholomew of Hartland and Paul Belaski of Windsor, both representing D - Windsor 1, have organized the public informational meeting regarding the transfer of the state land.

Presenters at the informational session will include VFWD Commissioner Louis Porter and biologists from the department.

The agenda will include a discussion of the “status of and vision for the new Windsor wildlife management area,” but will not include discussion on Gov. Phil Scott’s proposal to close the Windsor correctional facility, according to the announcement.  

In his budget address on Jan. 24, Scott announced plans to close the SESCF to save $3.5 million a year.

The public information session is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the

Windsor Town Welcome Center, 3 Railroad Ave.

For more information, call email barthoj@vermontel.net.

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