Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area

This WMA is 62% forested with red, white and black spruce, balsam fir, red and sugar maple, yellow birch and beech. There is a large (37% of area), varied wetland complex of ponds, bogs, wooded swamps and sedge meadows. One percent (1%) of the area is in old fields. The Moose River and several small streams flow through thought this WMA. Expect to find white-tailed deer, black bear, moose, beaver, mink, muskrat, otter, coyote, red fox, bobcat, snowshoe hare, woodcock, ruffed grouse, black, mallard and wood ducks, hooded merganser, wild turkeys, brook and brown trout. Good birding opportunity, particularly for boreal species such as gray jay and blackbacked woodpeckers.

The Nulhegan Gateway Association, which manages this area, is also part of a Geotourism Initiative. Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, located in northeastern Vermont, has long embraced the ideals that comprise National Geographic's geotourism programs. Geotourism, as defined by the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations is "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place. It's a destination where you can have an authentic travel experience without harming the place." Jonathan Tourtellot, director of the Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, describes the NEK as "the real Vermont...This is rural America at its most nostalgic, enlivened by a vibrant cultural arts community and the wonderful Vermont scenery. There are scenic back roads to drive, quaint little towns to explore, wonderful hiking in the summer and great skiing in the winter." To ensure the development of a geotourism program that is true to the Kingdom, a Geotourism Alliance was established to help steward the formation of this program. Today, this Alliance is comprised of over 20 member organizations who provide input and support as the Northeast Kingdom Geotourism Program evolves.

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