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VNRC welcomes 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. This incremental development of gas […]

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New Harvard Forest Report: Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities

The Harvard Forest, Highstead Foundation, and authors from around New England released a new report called “Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities” on September 19. The report articulates a broad view of conservation that fully embraces forests, farmlands, and the built environment and recognizes the region’s diverse conservation needs and challenges. The report shows that […]

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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.

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Vermont: Take Action on Climate Change & Protect Our Outdoor Recreation

This autumn, there are several important opportunities for you to help us let Vermont decision makers know the time is now to take action on climate and steward our natural resources for generations to come. We hope to see you at these public meetings: Vermont Climate Action Commission The Vermont Climate Action Commission will be hosting a series […]

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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. King will be celebrated for the remarkable creativity, compassion, and energy he has brought to […]

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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 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 focus the conversation and recommended actions on the job-creating, […]

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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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