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Environmental Groups Fight to Ensure Morrisville Hydroelectric Project Protects Water Quality, Fish Habitat and Recreation

  Environmental Groups Fight to Ensure Morrisville Hydroelectric Project Protects Water Quality, Fish Habitat and Recreation The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and the Vermont State Council of Trout Unlimited (VTTU) announced that they have filed a cross appeal in the on-going appeal of the water quality certificate issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural […]

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Burlington Town Center Supports Smart Growth

By Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director, VNRC The Vermont Natural Resources Council is a statewide environmental organization founded over 50 years ago that has always cared deeply about building strong human communities. We want places where we can we live and thrive, and VNRC works to accommodate change in ways that respect our environment […]

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Elisabeth Kulas, Head of Housing Trust of Rutland County, to Receive 2016 Arthur Gibb Award

Elisabeth Kulas, the executive director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County, will be recognized next week for promoting smart growth, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and strong communities through the development of affordable housing. Kulas, of Clarendon, will receive the Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the Vermont Natural Resources Council at VNRC’s annual […]

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Director Brian Shupe’s Commentary on Why Vermont’s Energy Transition Matters

Original article featured in The Times Argus, September 18, 2016. Vermonters use a lot of energy to heat our homes, power our lives and transport us where we need to go. Virtually all of the energy we use to drive our cars, trucks and buses is imported into the state, as is the vast majority […]

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Forests Play Key Role in Climate Resilience

Forests play a vital role in contributing to flood protection, making us more resilient to severe rain events, and mitigating the effects of climate change by removing carbon pollution from our atmosphere and storing it. They also offer habitat for wildlife that are on the move as their habitat changes with warming temperatures. Unfortunately, as we […]

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Beyond the Trees

  This commentary ran in the June 26, 2016 Rutland Herald.  By Elizabeth Courtney A couple of weeks ago, Brian Shupe, executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, wrote about the new forest integrity bill for the Weekly Planet, “Seeing the forest and the trees.” In his article he gave an overview of three […]

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Continuing the Legacy of Mollie Beattie

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Mollie Beattie’s terribly premature death from brain cancer. In addition to serving on the Board of VNRC, Mollie served as Vermont commissioner of forests, parks and recreation from 1985 to 1989, and as deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources from 1989 to 1990. From 1993 to […]

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Stronger Water Quality Standards Needed for Farms

This June Vermonters can contribute to the ongoing efforts to clean up the state’s waters by submitted public comments on proposed rules to addressing water quality on farms. As a result of passing the Clean Water Act last year – a bill VNRC strongly advocated for – the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Farms and Markets […]

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Support Healthy, Intact Forests

This is it. A call to your legislator(s) today could be the final push needed to pass legislation that will help sustain our forests into the future. The Vermont Senate will vote today on a forest-related bill bill (H.857). Vermont’s forests, wildlife and landowners will win big if this bill passes. Passing this bill will: […]

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Support Healthy, Intact Forests

For the first time since the mid-1800s, Vermont and the other New England states are experiencing a decline in forest cover, threatening the region’s landscape. A number of recent studies show that our forests are under increasing pressure from rural sprawl and subdivisions. This is worrisome for many reasons, as healthy forests are an important […]

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