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    STAFF REPORTS | October 07,2012
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    CASTLETON — Are you looking for a fun and educational place to celebrate Halloween and for your kids to try out their costumes? The Edward F. Kehoe Education Center in Castleton is the perfect place to be on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors will enjoy a campfire program about wildlife, a Jack O’ Lantern–lit hike through the woods, wildlife-related activities, face painting, and a photo booth. Snacks will include apple cider, caramel apples and other seasonal treats.

    The 20-minute campfire program will begin at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Environmental education and interpretation students from Green Mountain College will be doing the campfire program about creepy, crawly critters that reside in Vermont.

    Whether you or your child is a ghost, goblin, or some other ghoulish character for the holiday, the evening is sure to be a blast for everyone. This is the first time this event has taken place at the Kehoe Education Center, which is located along a hillside overlooking Lake Bomoseen.

    Admission and activities are free and open to the general public, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Come any time between 5 and 8 p.m. Costumes are optional.

    The Edward F. Kehoe Education Center is operated by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. This event is sponsored by the Fish & Wildlife Department and Green Mountain College with pumpkins donated by Fyles Brothers, Inc. of Orwell.

    For directions to the Edward F. Kehoe Education Center, please visit: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/fwd/KehoeEducationCenterMap.aspx

    For more information about the event, contact Ali Thomas, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Education Coordinator at: Alison.Thomas@state.vt.us or 802-479-1116.

    Public hearings

    for baitfish

    rule changes

    Anglers will have the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Vermont’s existing baitfish regulation at three Fish and Wildlife Board public hearings in October.

    The proposed amendments are intended to minimize risk associated with the use and movement of baitfish while allowing anglers more flexibility with the species they can use as bait and how and where they can transport them.

    Shawn Good, the Fish & Wildlife Department fisheries biologist heading the Aquatic Nuisance Species Team, says that while regulations restricting the movement and use of baitfish remain necessary to control the potential introduction of fish diseases and invasive species, the department has been working closely with the Fish and Wildlife Board to implement several changes that may address some of the concerns anglers have with the existing rule.

    “Over the last four years, most of our anglers have come to the realization that baitfish regulations are necessary to protect the great fishing we have in Vermont. The complaints from anglers have fallen into two pretty clear categories – the approved list of baitfish and the prohibition on baitfish transport – and we have identified some steps we can take to address those,” explained Good.

    The primary changes to the regulation are: Adding pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass, and banded killifish to the statewide approved baitfish list; creating a list of approved baitfish for Lake Champlain that includes alewife and white perch; and allowing anglers to transport commercially purchased baitfish home after use on a waterbody, and return to the same waterbody within 96 hours to use up that lot of baitfish.

    “Under the proposed rule, anglers will have four days to move their store-bought baitfish back and forth between their home or camp, and a single lake as indicated on their baitfish receipt when they bought them,” Good said. “However, if they decide to go to a different lake in that time period, they will have to buy new baitfish and get a new receipt.”

    Information on using baitfish in Vermont and a link to the complete text of the proposed regulation is available at: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish_baitfish.cfm .

    Public hearings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. for each of the following dates and locations: Monday, Oct. 22 in the conference room at the Emory Hebard State Office Building, 100 Main Street, Newport; Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Kehoe Conservation Camp, Bomoseen; Wednesday, and Oct. 24 at the St. Albans Town Education Center cafeteria, 169 South Main Street, St. Albans.

    For additional information on the current regulation, please contact Shawn Good at 802-786-3863, or Shawn.Good@state.vt.us.
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