Agency Facilities provides design assistance and construction oversight on dams owned by the Agency of Natural Resources. This includes earthen embankment, stone, and concrete dams, of varying sizes and ages. While dams can provide increased recreational opportunities, they are also critical structures that can have catastrophic consequences in the event of a failure. It is crucial that these structures are properly designed, constructed, and regularly maintained to ensure the safety of the downstream community.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department operates five fish culture stations (otherwise known as hatcheries) throughout the state and releases approximately 1.5 million fish into Vermont lakes, ponds, and streams every spring. This creates plentiful fish populations, which ensures a healthy future for the native fish species and creates more recreational angling opportunities. Agency Facilities works closely with the Fish and Wildlife Department to design, permit, and construct hatchery improvements.
Agency Facilities does its part to uphold Vermont’s traditional hunting culture by working with the Fish and Wildlife Department to locate, design, and construct publicly accessible shooting ranges around the state. These ranges provide a safe environment for hunters, sportsmen and other firearm enthusiasts to sharpen their skills and fine tune their sights.
Agency Facilities strives to incorporate sustainable design into our projects to better conserve environmental and economic resources, and serve as a role model for land and building owners across the state. We do our utmost to ensure our work is minimally invasive and promotes the connection of people to the natural world.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department owns two Green Mountain Conservation Camps (GMCCs), located on Buck Lake in Woodbury and on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton. These camps offer week-long hands-on summer programs for boys and girls ages 12-16 to learn about natural resources and the outdoors. Activities include hiking, fishing, canoeing, archery, rifle and shotgun shooting, as well as the opportunity to meet Vermont State Game Wardens, foresters, fisheries, and wildlife biologists.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department owns more than 80 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout the state, totaling over 133,000 acres. Each area is open to the public and offers a unique diversity of native plants and animals. The WMAs are enjoyed by the public for hiking, wildlife observation, bird watching, and educational opportunities. Many hunters, anglers, and trappers favor these areas, as all Vermont WMAs are open to regulated hunting, trapping, and fishing.
Vermont has a system of 52 state parks, which are fully operational from mid-May through mid-October every year. These parks vary in size and services offered, and as such, the infrastructure at each state park is highly diverse. Constant maintenance and upgrades are necessary to ensure the parks are fully operational and can accommodate a wide variety of guests.
Agency Facilities provides engineering design and construction oversight for the placement of shore fishing platforms for angler accessibility to lakes and streams statewide. Many of these platforms are located on Fish and Wildlife public access areas and are selected based on shoreline habitat conditions that provide the best fishing opportunities.