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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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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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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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Voice your support for healthy forests on Vermont Edition Today!

      Dear Members, Activists, and Friends, Call or email  to voice your  support for healthy forests! For more on the issue check out VNRC’s Community Strategies Guide Tune in to Vermont Edition today at noon (and again at  7 pm) to learn about the legislation that could shape the future of forest health […]

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AVCC Gathers ‘Conservation Success Stories’

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) recently unveiled 100 conservation success stories on their website, http://vtconservation.com/success/. AVCC works to network and empower conservation commissions, and grow the number of these local volunteer groups across the state. Currently, there are over 100 conservation commissions in Vermont. VNRC has worked with conservation commissions on a variety of […]

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Woods. (Photo: Blake Gardner)

Stewarding Vermont’s Forest Resource

Note: this piece appeared in the Weekly Planet section of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus on January 3, 2015. By Brian Shupe Anyone who has flown over Vermont knows that much of the state is covered with trees. That wasn’t always the case, however, and despite the prevalence of trees, the health of the […]

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Ellen Kahler to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

TWEET: Ellen Kahler receives @VNRCorg Art Gibb Award for sustainable #VT #Farm & #Forestry economic growth via @VTFarm2Plate @VTBioenergy efforts Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will be recognized this month for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural […]

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