Vermont preparing to gauge turkey health

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for help from the public in gauging how well the state's turkey flock is reproducing.

The Vermont turkey brood survey starts Aug. 1.

Biologists are asking people who see a group of young turkeys in Vermont during August to visit the turkey brood survey site on the department's website and record where, when and how many adult and young turkeys, or poults, were observed.

State turkey biologist Amy Alfieri says data gathered from the survey will help establish long-term trends in turkey reproductive success.

It will also answer questions about the impacts of spring and winter weather on the survival of turkeys, information that is used to help set turkey hunting seasons and harvest limits.

GOP governor hopeful ready to launch campaign

BARRE (AP) -- One of Vermont's Republican gubernatorial hopefuls is going to be formally launching his campaign.

Scott Milne is going to hold his official kickoff on Wednesday in Barre.

The event is going to be held at Barre's Aldrich Library at 11:15 a.m. The event will be followed by burgers for his supporters at the nearby Barre Elks Club.

Milne is one of three people seeking the Republican nomination to run for governor in November. The other GOP candidates are Emily Payton and Steve Berry.


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Incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary from the little-known H. Brooke Paige.

Construction underway on Vermont rail trail

WEST DANVILLE (AP) -- Construction is underway on a 16-mile stretch of what will become a 90-mile rail-trail across northern Vermont between St. Johnsbury and Swanton.

Work began last week in West Danville with crews moving toward Mount Vernon Street in St. Johnsbury.

West Danville resident Ted Chase, chairman of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Committee, says the contractor is clearing brush, ditching, grading, seeding and mulching.

The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/1nNx1rm) reports construction is also underway on a section between Morrisville and Cambridge Junction.

The Barre-based Vermont Association of Snow Travelers has a long term lease on the property from the state of Vermont.

Approved uses for the trail include snowmobiling, dog sledding, horseback riding, biking, and walking.

Construction on the West Danville to St. Johnsbury section must be finished by next year.