The 1,260-acre Tinmouth Channel Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in the heart of the Taconic Mountains in the northeastern portion of the Town of Tinmouth in Rutland County. The parcel is made up of a mosaic of upland forests and wetlands and is dominated by a Class I wetland designated by the Vermont Water Resources Board in 2001.
Natural communities identified on the WMA include two rare communities (Rich Fen and Red Maple-Tamarack Swamp) and five uncommon communities (Northen White Cedar Sloping Forest, Red Maple-Northern White Cedar Swamp, Alluvial Shrub Swamp, Northern White Cedar Swamp, and Sweet Gale Shoreline Swamp). The Sweet Gale Shoreline Swamp is one of the largest in Vermont.
The large acreage of wetland and upland forests creates a varied mosiac of habitat conditions for wildlife. Critical habitats within the WMA include wetlands, streams, and associated riparian areas that provide important habitat for a myriad of wildlife including: (1) nesting, rearing, feeding and migratory stop-over habitat for waterfowl; (2) habitat for mink, otter, beaver and muskrat; (3) habitat for deer, turkey, American woodcock; (4) breeding habitat for amphibians and; (5) nesting, feeding and other important habitat for many songbirds, raptors and other birds. Nearly all of the upland forest within the WMA functions as part of an historic and regionally significant deer wintering area. Other species including birds (e.g. chick-a-dee, red-breasted nuthatch, hermit thrush), snowshe hare and turkeys, to name a few, benefit from this protective habitat as well.
Lisa Thornton, Stewardship Forester
Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
271 North Main Street, Suite 215
Rutland, VT 05701
Tel: 802/786-3858 Fax: 802/786-3870