Vermont parks and recreation leaders from state and municipal park systems that provide recreational access to Lake Champlain are gathering for a conference titled, “Contemporary Ecological and Management Issues for Parks and Recreation Professionals.”
The June 4 conference is sponsored by the Lake Champlain Committee and The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and hosted by the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department. The day-long session will include presentations by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Lake Champlain Committee, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Department of Health. A hypothetical exercise dealing with health and environmental issues will be part of the program.
“Each summer, parks and recreation management professionals respond to a variety of challenges relating to the natural ecology of Lake Champlain,” said Rob Peterson, Regional State Parks Manager for Northwestern Vermont. “Vermonters want to know and understand the most up-to-date information regarding Lake Champlain. By more collectively managing this natural resource, we will provide more effective park management, ensuring our visitors continue enjoying the great recreational benefits Lake Champlain has to offer.”
An estimated 500,000 people visit parks along Lake Champlain each summer. More than 200,000 of those visits occur at the 13 state parks on the lake.
“The program will cover a host of issues that affect the health and use of Lake Champlain as well as recreation resources such as the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail,” noted Lori Fisher, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Committee. “By sharing information broadly amongst recreational partners we hope to better protect water quality and enhance the recreational experiences on, in and around the lake.”
Contact: Rob Peterson, Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation; Phone: 802-879-5686; Email: Robert.email@example.com
Contact: Lori Fisher, LCC Executive Director; Phone: 802-658-1421; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org