MONTPELIER — With the arrival of spring comes the time of year many anglers look forward to most – the open water fishing season. As anglers prepare for that first cast, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging them to pick up a 2016 Vermont Habitat Stamp while they are buying their fishing license online.

Launched in 2015, the Habitat Stamp has already seen tremendous success thanks in large part to the support of Vermont's hunting and angling community. The stamp helps the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department conserve land for wildlife and public access, including land that is important habitat for many fish species.

"Anglers have historically shown tremendous support for conservation," said Eric Palmer, fish division director for the Fish & Wildlife Department. "Vermont's fishing community helps pay for the conservation of fish populations and habitats every time they buy a fishing license. The Habitat Stamp gives them an additional opportunity to contribute directly to habitat improvements for fish and other wildlife."

Habitat stamp funds have already contributed to the conservation of land in Addison, Vermont in 2015. The Fish & Wildlife Department is anticipating several additional land conservation and management efforts throughout Vermont in 2016 using Habitat Stamp funds. This includes land along the famous Clyde River in the Northeast Kingdom, a well-known trout and salmon river.


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"Healthy fish populations require healthy habitat to thrive," said Palmer. "The Habitat Stamp provides anglers, hunters, birders and others with a great opportunity to support the fish and wildlife they enjoy."