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Dunn property. Credit: The Vermont Land Trust
Shoreline of the Dunn property

Eagle Point Environmental Assessment (Dunn Property)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final EA creating the Eagle Point Unit of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and approving the acceptance of the Michael Dunn property in Derby, Vermont.  Mr. Dunn generously created the opportunity for public ownership of this 420-acre property on Lake Memphremagog.  The property consists of wetland, upland and lakeshore habitats and supports a diversity of wildlife species.  It also offers wildlife-oriented public use opportunities.  The real estate transaction to transfer the property is under way, and will be completed by year’s end. 

This collaborative conservation effort has involved the Vermont Land Trust, Community Financial Services Group (Trustee of the Michael Dunn Trust), the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.  A draft environmental assessment was released in June for public review.  As a result of the June 16 – July 16 comment period, and associated public meeting held June 29, we received over 175 comment statements, including verbal statements at the meeting, e-mail, letters, and phone calls.  The public meeting was co-hosted by the partnership.  The Service carefully reviewed and considered all comments.

On behalf of the partners, we thank everyone who took time to attend the site visit and public meeting, and all who provided comments/statements at the meetings, by letter, through e-mail, and by telephone.

The Service is developing a cooperative agreement with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife for long-term management of the property in a manner similar to a wildlife management area.  Public use activities – hiking, limited primitive camping, fishing access, hunting and wildlife observation – will be more fully available once the Service takes title to the property and a management agreement is completed. Until then, the public’s traditional use of the property while under Mr. Dunn’s stewardship will continue.

The Service has declined acceptance of a 10-acre lakefront tract with several structures that was part of the Dunn property. The trustee will handle disposition of the parcel.  Farmstead buildings on the property the Service is acquiring will be removed prior to transfer to the federal government.

Missisquoi NWR is based in Swanton, Vermont on Lake Champlain.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  For more information about our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.

Janet Kennedy, Refuge Supervisor North, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (413) 253-8553 janet_kennedy@fws.gov  
Tracy Zschau, Northeast Kingdom Director, Vermont Land Trust, (802) 748-6089 Tracy@vlt.org
Tom Decker, Director of Operations, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, (802) 241-3247 tom.decker@state.vt.us
Jonathan Wood, Agency of Natural Resources, at jonathan.wood@state.vt.us or 802-241-3600

News release (PDF)


Final Environmental Assessment

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Draft Environmental Assessment

Use the links below to download and view the draft environmental assessment for Eagle Point (Dunn property) in Derby, Vermont. High resolution files are for those with a faster internet connection. If using dial-up or a slow internet connection, please download the low resolution version.

These files are in .pdf format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. To download a free version of this software, please visit Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Last updated: September 3, 2010