Boaters and anglers on Lake Elmore in Elmore, Vermont, will soon see a new name on the access area sign, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The Lake Elmore – Vaughn M. Douglass Access Area will be renamed in honor of the Morrisville native and Lake Elmore camp owner who passed away in September.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will jointly host a dedication ceremony on Friday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Wendi Wever will formally recognize Douglass’ contributions to the creation of public access areas in Vermont. The event is free and open to the public.
Douglass retired in July, 2012 from the position of lands and development program chief in the Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration. He served with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 33 years.
A leader in the regional Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, Douglass mentored many employees in both state and federal agencies. He made a significant contribution to access areas in the Northeastern United States through his oversight of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Division of Federal Aid program.
“Vaughn’s assistance to Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff was extremely valuable. He contributed a great deal to the development of many of Vermont’s programs,” said Eric Palmer, Vermont fisheries division director. “Most notably, he was instrumental in developing the department’s successful boating access area program.” For these efforts, Vaughn received numerous recognitions, including a Certificate of Appreciation from the States Organization for Boating Access and the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.
“In light of his conservation accomplishments, public access initiatives, and the professionalism he displayed, it is very fitting that Vermont, his home state, honor him with this recognition,” said Palmer.