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Clean Water Week: Aug. 20-26, 2017

Clean Water Week, set for Aug. 20-26, 2017, will be a weeklong celebration of Vermont waters – and the work that goes into protecting them for Vermonters today and future generations. Clean, safe water is essential to Vermont Communities, farms, businesses, and the activities Vermonters love like swimming, fishing, kayaking, and boating. We’ve seen first-hand […]

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Everyone’s Economic Opportunity in Climate Action

Across Vermont this summer and fall, VNRC and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, both active members of the Energy Independent Vermont coalition, are convening panel discussions and audience-engaged conversations about how Vermont can take real action on climate change – and benefit from it. Each event will highlight the current state of climate (in)action in Vermont […]

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Exit 4 Request for Concepts

Now that the land at Exit 4 has been conserved, we’re ready to take the next step! Preservation Trust of Vermont, who now owns the 22 acres closest to the highway, would like to transfer the land to a person or group who will uphold the values of open space and farming. We’re seeking submissions […]

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LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands Deserve Class I Protection

By Jon Groveman, policy and water programs director at Vermont Natural Resources Council Any Vermonter who has spent time hiking, hunting, fishing or boating can appreciate the importance of wetlands. Wetlands provide habitat for a wide variety of fish and wildlife, absorb water to minimize flooding, naturally filter pollutants, and provide beautiful natural areas in […]

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Thank you to our 2017 interns, Sam & Laura!

Each summer, VNRC staff are excited to welcome legal interns to our office. While at VNRC, legal interns work on a variety of fronts – from conducting research on key initiatives, to drafting memos, to revamping our toolkits and resources. As our 2017 interns get ready to head back to school, we wanted to take […]

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VPR: Vermont Forest Health

VNRC’s Forest and Wildlife Program Director, Jamey Fidel, spoke on VPR’s Vermont Edition on July 24, 2017 about some of the challenges facing Vermont’s forests. The program explored declines in the forest product markets, changing demographics, and the increasing fragmentation of Vermont’s forests. Jamey spoke about efforts underway to address fragmentation, including H.233, a bill […]

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Smart Growth Summit 2017

On June 16, 2017, VNRC and AARP VT partnered to host the Smart Growth Summit at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. More than 160 local officials, planners, policy makers, developers, advocates, and business people from across Vermont gathered to share their insights and learn together during a dynamic and interactive summit aimed at addressing a host of […]

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Exit 4 Open Space Conserved with the help of VNRC, Partners

Last week, VNRC’s Brian Shupe and Kate McCarthy stood alongside conservation partners, the potential developer, and the farmer who will eventually farm that land to announce the planned conservation of over 171 acres surrounding Exit 4 in Randolph.  The conservation of the land came after the landowner withdrew an application to develop the site with […]

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Proposals for Tax Reform and Climate Action Announced by Lawmakers

Vermont Representatives Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Diana Gonzalez, Johannah Leddy Donovan, and Martin LaLonde introduced four bills to the Legislature this month that focus on tax reform and putting a price on carbon pollution. Each proposal offers a different revenue neutral tax reform paired with a gradually rising fee on carbon pollution paid by the companies that […]

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Sears Appointed Smart Growth Rep on the Vermont Downtown Development Board

Patricia M Sears, publisher of the Newport Daily Express and resident of Lowell, was recently appointed as the smart growth representative to Vermont’s Downtown Development Board. This board oversees the state’s designation programs, which promote smart growth throughout the state. “Whether starting community development organizations, supporting age-friendly communities, or riding motorcycles around the state to […]

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