- photo by MichaelFurtman.com
Last November, Ducks Unlimited accepted a parcel of land from the estate of Frances O. Bouffard and donated it to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD). This seven-acre tract near Newport, Vermont, is composed almost entirely of wetland habitat and will remain an enduring legacy of the Bouffard estate for future generations. This transaction was facilitated by DU volunteers.
Half of the property consists of a red maple–northern white cedar swamp, which is part of a larger 200-acre tract. The Bouffard property also features 900 feet of frontage along the Black River and is adjacent to the South Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a vital breeding and migration area for American black ducks. This WMA also provides important habitat for wood ducks and provides recreation for waterfowl hunters, trappers, and anglers.