During some of our early meetings, we received requests for additional information, it is posted here.
Appropriate Use PolicyCompatibility Policy
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
Recently, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Northern Vermont completed its Comprehensive Conservation Plan. Staff for the US Fish and Wildlife Service completed a draft compatibility determination for snowmobiling that found the activity "not compatible". After the draft CCP and CD were completed the "appropriateness" policy was adopted by USFWS. The finding of appropriateness was completed and snowmobiling was found "not appropriate." The compatibility determination was never finalized because a "not appropriate" finding supercedes the need to complete a compatibility determination.
Nulhegan Basin Division
Staff from the Nulhegan Basin completed a compatibility determination for snowmobiling in 2002 and found the activity compatible. No appropriate use finding has been completed for snowmobiling on the Nulhegan Basin Division.
Refuge staff completed a compatibility determination for snowmobile access in 2007 and found the activity compatible with certain stipulations.
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The Watershed on Wheels (WoW Express) is the mobile visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. In addition to attending local fairs and festivals throughout the Connecticut River watershed, the WoW Express has a free environmental education program tied to state and national science standards for 3rd-5th grades that focuses on watersheds, rivers, adaptations, and habitats.