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Woman Donates Estate to VT Fish & Wildlife Department

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says an East Montpelier woman donated her estate to the department.
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says an East Montpelier woman donated her estate to the department.

Wildlife lover Mamie Thurston, 87, died last winter. She left her home, property belongings, and financial assets valued at $500,000 to the department.

“She enjoyed watching the birds at her feeder every winter or watching the deer in her back yard,” Pat Griffen, Estate Executor and Family Friend, said. “In the end, she decided to leave everything to serve the wildlife that she loved.”

A press release says the donation will go to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, which is used to conserve nongame species such as bald eagles, loons, lynx, spiny softshell turtles, lake sturgeon, and many species of bats.

“This invaluable support will help protect and conserve some of Vermont’s most imperiled species," Patrick Berry, Commissioner of the Fish & Wildlife Department, said. "I encourage others to consider supporting the Nongame Wildlife Fund in their charitable giving and estate planning.”

Funds from the donation will be met with a nearly three to one match through federal grants.
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