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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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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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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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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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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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