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Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area

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Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area
Cavendish, Vermont 05142
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Knapp Brook WMA
Coordinates: 43.4471337, -72.5778952
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Knapp Brook #1 – Cavendish (25 acres)
Coordinates: 43.4475281, -72.5626023
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Knapp Brook #2 – Cavendish (35 acres)
Coordinates: 43.4482464, -72.5684221
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Birds of Interest
Turkey, ruffed grouse, and woodcock occur and may be hunted in season. Non-game species include black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, woodpecker species, and a variety of warblers.

About Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area
Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 1,272-acre parcel of land located in the towns of Reading and Cavendish. It is owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Included in this acreage is a 102-acre parcel on which the State only owns the hunting rights and an additional 231 acres on which the previous owners retained the timber rights. Knapp Brook WMA is part of the larger Cavendish Management Unit, which also includes Lord State Forest and Proctor-Piper State Forest. The WMA can be accessed by the parking lots provided at each of the dam sites (off Knapp Pond Road) or from the Moriglioni Road.

Elevations range from approximately 1300 feet around Knapp Ponds #1 and #2, to 1,746 feet on the peaks along the western boundary. Bowen Hill, with an elevation of 1,697 feet, is located in the northeast corner of the WMA.

Knapp Brook WMA contains a unique variety of wildlife habitats including vernal pools, seeps, beaver flowages, a large wetland area, and two ponds created by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department in the late 1950s. (Knapp Pond #1 has a universally accessible fishing facility.) Areas of mixed softwoods – hemlock, white pine, and spruce – provide cover for deer in the winter. The presence of oak, hickory, black cherry, and beech (mast-producing trees) benefits species such as bear, turkey, and deer. Old apple trees have been released to further improve the habitat. Young softwood stands with small openings scattered throughout are optimal habitats for snowshoe hare. The western edge of the WMA borders a large contiguous area of seasonal bear habitat.
From Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area guide and map