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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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Call Speaker Johnson: Support safeguards for Vermont’s forests

Efforts are picking up again this week at the Legislature to strengthen safeguards for Vermont’s forests. The House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee is continuing its work on a bill (H.233) that aims to correct a gap in Act 250 – the state’s land use and development law – by updating the criteria to […]

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Testimony of Jamey Fidel, Forest and Wildlife Program Director/General Counsel Vermont Natural Resources Council on H.233

March 15, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on H.233. I am testifying on behalf of the following organizations: Audubon Vermont, The Trust for Public Land, Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Vermont Conservation Voters. We have spent the last decade researching and examining […]

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Seeking Director of Communications

Director of Communications The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has an exciting opportunity for an outgoing person who wants to have a significant impact on the future of Vermont. We are looking for a motivated individual with a minimum of 5+ years of experience in communications and marketing to serve as Director of Communications. VNRC […]

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Call Your Legislators: Clean Water Can’t Wait

This is a critical time at the State House and we need your help. This week, the Vermont House will make key decisions about whether and how to address the $62.4 million annual investment needed to ensure all Vermonters have safe and healthy rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands. Please take a moment to call your […]

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