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Legislature Makes Gains on a Range of Fronts

If you like clean water, want a modern energy system, and you care about Vermont’s forests, you should be very pleased with this year’s legislative results. This year featured the passage of a sweeping water cleanup bill, a measure to support more renewable energy and energy efficiency and legislation designed to support forests and farmland.  “Overall, it was a very productive session from our perspective,” said Brian Shupe, VNRC’s executive director. “We are pleased. Lawmakers made solid gains in a variety of areas and we look forward to working with other organizations, state officials and others to follow up, and implement these important initiatives.” Please stay tuned for further updates.

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ANR Unveils New Report on Forest Fragmentation

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder recently released a new report to the legislature that highlights the troubling fragmentation of Vermont’s forests and makes recommendations for how to protect their integrity.  Also recently, sixty diverse organizations and individuals representing conservation, forestry, and recreation interests delivered a sign-on letter to lawmakers in support of Vermont’s forests. Click below for more information.

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Clean Water Day at State House a Big Success

Nearly 200 activists from across the state, many of whom are members of interest groups representing thousands of Vermonters, joined together recently at the State House in support of clean water in Vermont.

At a press conference on March 17, the diverse groups shared their on-the-ground clean water stories and expressed broad support for clean water.

The organizations gathered during Clean Water Day, an event held to demonstrate Vermonters’ support for strong action to clean up polluted waters across the state.

(In picture at left: From left to right are Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director Lauren Hierl. In the back are David Eastman of Trout Unlimited and his daughter Anika Eastman. Franklin dairy farmer Tim Magnant is on the far right.)

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VNRC, Jay Peak Resort, and Vermont DEC Reach Agreement to Clean Up Impaired Mountain Streams

The Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division recently issued an order approving a settlement agreement between the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), Jay Peak Resort, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation (Department). This innovative agreement will continue to improve water quality and protect streams adjacent to the fast-growing, four-season ski resort in northern Vermont.

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Legislature Facing Important Decisions on Current Use Program

Among the many issues being debated in Montpelier that could have a lasting impact on Vermont’s environment and economy are possible changes to the Current Use program. In a commentary piece that ran in the Rutland Herald, Barre Montpelier Times Argus, Burlington Free Press and other outlets. VNRC’s Forest and Wildlife Program Director recently outlined VNRC’s view on the Current Use discussions now underway in the Legislature. 

 

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August 2014 E-News

Fall (yes, it’s on its way) is one of our favorite times of year, for lots of reasons. Fall is a time when we celebrate VNRC, our members, and some of Vermont’s environmental leaders at our Annual Meeting. This year, it’s set for September 18 at the Old Lantern Barn in Charlotte. Please join us!

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