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Welcome, Ian & Eric!

VNRC is excited to welcome two talented people to our office this autumn: Ian Hitchcock, joins the VNRC team as our Community Energy and Climate Action Coordinator (AmeriCorps), and Eric Guzman will be our legal intern for the remainder of 2017. If you find yourself at the VNRC office, be sure to give them a warm welcome!

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Community Planning Toolbox Updated: Strip Development

In a rural state like Vermont, it might be tempting to assume we don’t experience sprawl or strip development. Strip development – auto-oriented development along highways outside our community centers – can negatively affect the vibrancy of those centers, the function and safety of our roads, and our state’s carbon footprint.

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VNRC Comments on LaPlatte River Marsh Proposed Class I Designation

The following comment was provided to Ms. Lapierre, Vermont Wetlands Program, via email on September 13, 2017. VNRC previously submitted a petition to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to designate Class I protections for The Nature Conservancy’s LaPlatte River Marsh Preserve in Shelburne. Read more about our petition and the subsequent public hearing.

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Hearing Recap: LaPlatte Wetlands

From Jon Groveman, Policy & Water Program Director
Last Wednesday the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) held a hearing on VNRC’s Petition to reclassify the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland from Class 2 to Class 1. ANR is accepting written comments on the LaPlatte reclassification petition until September 11, 2017.

Warren King to receive VNRC’s 2017 Arthur Gibb Award

Vermont Natural Resource Council (VNRC) is excited to present this year’s Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership to Warren King, a lifelong conservationist, at VNRC’s annual meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at The Kirk Alumni Center at Middlebury College. RSVP for the annual meeting today.

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Island Pond – Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative public meeting

In June, Governor Scott launched the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to engage stakeholders in a public conversation about recreation, the Vermont economy, and stewardship of our natural resources.

Now, VOREC is looking to hear from you! They are hosting a series of public meetings throughout Vermont and we hope you’ll join us on Monday, Sept. 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Island Pond Town Hall (49 Mill St.) for the Island Pond public meeting.

It is important that this Collaborative hear from Vermonters like you about the importance of investing in our communities, protecting our forests, water, and climate, and strengthening outdoor recreation economy:

  • Healthy and intact forestlands are vital to maintaining quality recreational opportunities and our outdoor tourism economy.
  • Safeguard our natural resources and infrastructure through strategic conservation of more public and private land that is fundamental to Vermont’s economic vitality.
  • Permanently protect local, regional, and statewide trail networks to give communities, organizations, and volunteers the security to invest time and money into their stewardship.
  • Make a greater investment of public and private dollars to the stewardship of our public lands and trail networks.
  • Make sure all Vermonters have safe, local access to recreational opportunities and open space.
  • Vermont’s economy benefits from our shared love of the outdoors, but climate change threatens the future of Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy. Vermont needs to take substantive action on climate to support our tourism economy and protect investments already made in recreation facilities.
  • Many of our Vermont communities are dependent upon thriving local recreation economies. This means making sure there are places that are permanently around for people to bike, hike, bird watch, and more.

Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Start Date: September 25 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: September 25 @ 8:00 pm

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St. Albans – Climate Action Commission public session

Earlier this summer, Governor Scott announced the creation of a Climate Action Commission who will make three climate action recommendations to the governor and legislature before the end of the year.

Now is your chance to be involved – attend the St. Albans public scoping session on Thurs., Sept. 28 at City Hall Auditorium (100 North Main St.)  and let the Commission know it is time to take substantial action on climate:

  1. Outline a plan for meeting Vermont’s greenhouse gas reduction commitments;
  2. Keep all renewable energy resources on the table to help Vermont meet our state goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050; and
  3. Put a price on carbon pollution to turn the challenge of climate change into tax relief and economic opportunity for all Vermonters.

Join VNRC, Vermont Conservation Voters, and our partners in the Energy Independent Vermont coalition just before the meeting for to meet fellow activists and prepare your comments. Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend!

Start Date: September 28 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: September 28 @ 8:00 pm

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Rutland – Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economy Collaborative public meeting

In June, Governor Scott launched the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to engage stakeholders in a public conversation about recreation, the Vermont economy, and stewardship of our natural resources.

Now, VOREC is looking to hear from you! They are hosting a series of public meetings throughout Vermont and we hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. at Community College of Vermont (60 West St.) for the Rutland area public meeting.

It is important that this Collaborative hear from Vermonters like you about the importance of investing in our communities, protecting our forests, water, and climate, and strengthening outdoor recreation economy:

  • Healthy and intact forestlands are vital to maintaining quality recreational opportunities and our outdoor tourism economy.
  • Safeguard our natural resources and infrastructure through strategic conservation of more public and private land that is fundamental to Vermont’s economic vitality.
  • Permanently protect local, regional, and statewide trail networks to give communities, organizations, and volunteers the security to invest time and money into their stewardship.
  • Make a greater investment of public and private dollars to the stewardship of our public lands and trail networks.
  • Make sure all Vermonters have safe, local access to recreational opportunities and open space.
  • Vermont’s economy benefits from our shared love of the outdoors, but climate change threatens the future of Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy. Vermont needs to take substantive action on climate to support our tourism economy and protect investments already made in recreation facilities.
  • Many of our Vermont communities are dependent upon thriving local recreation economies. This means making sure there are places that are permanently around for people to bike, hike, bird watch, and more.

Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Start Date: October 3 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: October 3 @ 8:00 pm

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Brattleboro – Climate Action Commission public session

Earlier this summer, Governor Scott announced the creation of a Climate Action Commission who will make three climate action recommendations to the governor and legislature before the end of the year.

Now is your chance to be involved – attend the Brattleboro public scoping session on Thurs., Oct. 5 at Marlboro College Graduate School, Room 1-E (28 Vernon St.) and let the Commission know it is time to take substantial action on climate:

  1. Outline a plan for meeting Vermont’s greenhouse gas reduction commitments;
  2. Keep all renewable energy resources on the table to help Vermont meet our state goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050; and
  3. Put a price on carbon pollution to turn the challenge of climate change into tax relief and economic opportunity for all Vermonters.

Join VNRC, Vermont Conservation Voters, and our partners in the Energy Independent Vermont coalition just before the meeting for to meet fellow activists and prepare your comments. Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend!

Start Date: October 5 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: October 5 @ 8:00 pm

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Barre: Everyone’s Economic Opportunity in Climate Action

Climate change is a pressing environmental challenge. It may also be the biggest economic development opportunity Vermont – and the world – has ever seen. But only if we act now to make sure our response is strong, equitable and done right.

We need your help to make sure Vermont acts on climate. Join us for a panel discussion and audience-engaging conversation about how Vermonters can seize the economic opportunities in climate change. Hear from a respected Vermont business owner, a low income advocate, and legislators about the kind of equitable and exciting opportunities climate action provides.

This event is hosted by the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Panelists will frame the current context of climate (in)action in Vermont and outline the policy responses they are working to advance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, grow our economy, and ensure all Vermonters benefit from the transition off of fossil fuels. By attending the event, you can offer input, ask questions, and find meaningful ways to engage.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. RSVP, submit a question for the panelists in advance, and find more information at: http://bit.ly/BarreRSVP

Start Date: October 10 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: October 10 @ 8:00 pm

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September 2017

Headlines: Join Us In Celebrating Good Work – And The People Who Make It Possible; Revitalizing Downtown Bennington; Get Out Your Calendars…; Everyone’s Economic Opportunity In Climate Action; Removing Small Dams to Restore Rivers; The Day-to-Day Actions Of Genuine Leaders; VCV Update: Protecting Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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August 2017

Headlines: Taking an Interest & Getting Involved; VNRC’s Johanna Miller to Serve on Vermont Climate Action Commission; ACTION – Help Us Protect the LaPlatte River Natural Area; VNRC on VPR Discussing Vermont’s Forest Health; Exit4: Request for Concepts; VCV Update: Protecting Vermont Communities from Toxic Chemicals; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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July 2017

Headlines: Fond Farewells and Looking Forward; Staying Connected: Connecting People & Nature; VRC Calls on Governor Scott to Step Up on Climate; Exit 4 Milestone: Preservation Trust of Vermont Officially Takes Ownership; VCV Update: Reflecting on Vermont’s Legislative Session and Next Steps; Let Them Flow Wild and Free: #freeVTrivers; Seeking Community Energy & Climate Action Coordinator AmeriCorps Member; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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June 2017

Headlines: We did it – Exit 4 Land Conserved; Smart Growth Summit a Success; Court Rules in VNRC’s Favor in Morrisville Hydroelectric Project Appeal; VNRC and Northern Forest Center Receive Working Lands Grant; Business, Low income & Environment Groups Ask Gov. Scott for Strong Action on Climate Change; VNRC Staff Provide Important Training for Vermont Attorneys; Welcome to Amber Collett; Vermont News; Upcoming Events

 

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April 2017

Headlines: Big News at Exit 4; Clean Water Day; VNRC Files Petition to Designate LaPlatte River March a Class I Wetland; Annual Seward Weber Lecture, Related News on Old-Growth Forests; Submit Your Nominations for the Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership; A Sad but Fond Farewell to Keil Corey; Lawmakers Announce Proposals for Tax Reform and Climate Action; Sears Appointed Smart Growth Rep on Vermont Downtown Development Board; Comprehensive Energy Planning Moves Forward; Vermont AG Donovan, Congressional Delegation Call Out Trump Climate Rollbacks; Vermont Leads Way to Keep Grid Dependable as Renewables Boom.

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