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Perry the Platypus: Exposed

This guest post comes to us from Middlebury students Jessica Vorse, Sophia Allen, Michelle Hollenkamp, and Krisanne Caffrey who are currently on a study-abroad program in Australia. Their studies are focused on rainforest, reef, and cultural ecology, and this piece deals with wild platypus and climate change. While VNRC is a state-based environmental organization and, as far […]

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#freeVTrivers Update: East Burke Dam removal

We are working to remove dams that no longer serve a useful purpose in order to restore natural watershed and riverine function, reduce flood risk, increase community resiliency, and improve fish habitat and overall ecological integrity. We accomplish this through our policy, science and dam removal project work. We’re excited to share an update from our […]

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Vermont Natural Resources Council opposes proposed usage rule for Great Hosmer Pond

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) announced their opposition to the draft proposed Vermont Use of Public Waters (VUPW) Rule for Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury and Albany VT. In a letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), VNRC requested the immediate withdrawal of the VUPW rule based on significant concerns regarding the proposed […]

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Legislative Internship Opportunity with VNRC & VCV

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking a Legislative Intern to help us move forward-looking environmental legislation in the Vermont State House in early 2018. The intern will assist VNRC and our partner, Vermont Conservation Voters, in tracking legislation moving through the Statehouse during the 2018 legislative year (January through early May). Duties will include: […]

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NWF on climate change, wildlife, and how you can help

Climate change is one of the greatest ecological, economic, and societal challenges the United States has ever faced. Climate pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane, also referred to as greenhouse gases (GHGs), are being released at an alarming rate primarily from fossil fuel use, trapping heat and making our planet warm. While this warming effect […]

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NWF Virtual Wildlife Climate March features Vermonters

On April 29, 2017, the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., sent an important message to our leaders in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of the Interior: Take real action to fight pollution that changes our climate. The time is now to protect clean air, water, and land.   National […]

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Action: Don’t let the Scott administration rollback our commitment to clean water

You’ve seen the news: Lake Carmi closed because of a toxic algae bloom likely caused by phosphorus-laden silt, similar closures of North Beach and Oakledge Cove in Burlington, and the ongoing threat to Lake Champlain as federal funding for clean-up efforts hangs in the balance. Just a few weeks ago, the Scott administration encouraged Vermonters to celebrate Clean Water Week to acknowledge just […]

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Art Gibb Award winner draws attention to environmental challenges

By Yvette Shi, Addison Independent MIDDLEBURY — Facing President Donald Trump’s agressive agenda against environmental policies, it’s fitting the Vermont Natural Resources Council honored  Ripton resident Warren King for his lifetime of environmental stewardship this past Thursday. King, whose career has spanned the globe, now heralds action at the local level as the best course […]

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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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