Project to protect deer, allow Vermonters to enjoy trails deemed a success

Organizers said people were in the zone during a winter pilot project.
Published: Feb. 2, 2023 at 7:52 AM EST
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WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Organizers say a pilot project aimed at allowing Vermonters to enjoy winter trail use while protecting an important deer wintering area was a success, so it will continue in 2023.

The program started in Waterbury in 2021. The Vermont Department of Parks and Rec launched two zones at Perry Hill inside the Putnam State Forest. One zone is for the deer and the other is for winter sports lovers.

They said groomed fat biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed on select trails in the winter recreation zone but not allowed in the deer wintering zone.

The goal is to make sure deer have access to the food they need during the winter when it’s harder to find.

Organizers say the project had good results, so it will continue this year.