Do you think the Berlin Pond battle (H.6) does not apply to you? National Outdoor Sporting Groups take (H.6) it serously.
"Keep America Fishing" takes it seriously: https://keepamericafishing.
The "Sportsmen's Alliance" takes it seriously: http://www.
sportsmensalliance.org/news/ vermont-legislation-ban- huntingfishing-access- waterway/
To oppose H.6 call 802-828-2228 and leave a message for the Representatives Maida Townsend
and Ronald Hubert "No to H.6." Calls will be answered Monday through Friday starting at 7 A.M.
You can also E-mail your opposition to H.6 to the members of the House Government Operations Committee at:
Maida Townsend (D) of South Burlington is the Chair of the House Government Operations Committee
and Ronald Hubert (R) of Milton is the Vice-Chair of the House Government Operations Committee.
The battle for Montpelier to ban public use of the Berlin Pond, which lies completely in the Town of Berlin.
The City of Montpelier wants to end public current access to the pond. Even for fishing, migratory bird
hunting, swimming, canoes, and kayaks.
This is an attack on the Public Trust Doctrine, Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights, and the Vermont Constitution, (see below)
This battle has been through the Vermont Supreme Court, review by the Agency of Natural Resources
and a vote in Berlin (2-1 for public access) and the public use of the Berlin Pond has been upheld.
If Montpelier succeeds in ending public access at Berlin Pond this will happen all over the state.
If Montpelier succeeds with H.6, other towns will want to ban/strictly regulate hunting/trapping, shooting or fishing..
Public Trust Doctrine
The Public Trust Doctrine holds that the natural resources that are not privately owned shall be open to pubic use.
Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights (24 V.S.A. § 2295)