Vermont pays tribute to Vaughn Douglass and his work to improve recreational boating opportunities
It was in Elmore, a small town of 800 nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where Vaughn Douglass found his refuge and shared his love of the outdoors with his family. Some of his happiest memories were spent swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing on Lake Elmore with his children and grandchildren.
During Vaughn’s 33-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he led the portion of the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program that serves to improve recreational boating access throughout the Northeast Region. The program funds projects to open lakes, rivers and other waters to recreational boating and fishing. Since 1950 the grants have helped build and maintain thousands of fishing and boating access sites across the U.S., investing revenue collected as excise taxes and import fees on boats, fuel and sport fishing equipment into recreational boating improvements.
Vaughn retired from the Service a year ago and died a few short months later after a long illness. In tribute to his contributions and recognizing his strong connection to Lake Elmore, the State of Vermont recently dedicated the boat access site along its shore in his memory.