Canaan, Vermont 05903
Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area guide
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Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area is an excellent site for waterfowl such as wood ducks, Canada geese, and mallards. Other wetland species such as great blue heron and bitterns occur here. Upland game birds present are ruffed grouse, wild turkey, and American woodcock. There are also grassland birds such as bobolink.
About Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area
Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in northeastern Vermont, in the towns of Lemington and Canaan. The state of Vermont owns 282.7 acres and manages public access on an additional 129.9 acres on the adjacent conserved farm. Johnson Farm WMA is embedded within a large, productive dairy farm which plays an important role in the local economy. The agricultural lands are interspersed with high-quality oxbow wetlands, scrub-shrub swamps, emergent marshes, and floodplain forests. The WMA is comprised of four separate parcels, each having its own access off of Route 102. Information kiosks and parking are provided at two sites, one in Canaan, and the other in Lemington on adjacent privately-owned land that the landowner has maintained for the public’s enjoyment for years.
Johnson Farm WMA contains over eight miles of river and stream frontage, including 6.1 miles along the Connecticut River, and 1.9 miles on 3 tributaries. Approximately 192 acres (68%) of the WMA is covered with open or shrub wetlands. The majority consists of old “oxbows”, former river channels now dominated by alder swamp or sedge meadow, and shrub-scrub swamps, emergent marshes, and floodplain forests. Five outstanding oxbow wetland complexes incorporate eight different wetland community types, including alder swamp, sedge meadow, shallow emergent marsh, deep broadleaf marsh, cattail marsh, and river mud shore.
There are 100 acres of farmland that will eventually be restored to wetland or buffer as well. In addition to natural heritage and agricultural values, the Johnson property holds great recreational significance, treasured locally for duck-hunting and fishing.
From Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area guide