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September 27, 2006

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Battenkill Update: Celebrated Vermont trout river will remain wild

Last week, The Orvis Company threatened to withdraw a $100,000 grant for habitat restoration on Vermont’s Battenkill River if state fisheries officials went ahead with a plan to stock the ailing river with non-native rainbow trout. Now, after a public hearing, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche announced that the stocking plan is dead: “The public at that meeting was I’d say four to one against stocking rainbows on that stream,” he told the Associated Press. “We’re absolutely going to listen to that.” Here's the story.


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