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Join Us to Support Working Lands Feb. 13

Please join VNRC and our partners on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to let your legislators know that you support a strong, continued investment for Vermont’s working lands.

As you may know, last year the Working Lands bill – supported by VNRC and other members of the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership – created a fund to invest state economic development dollars in our working landscape. The first year saw $1 million invested in this fund. Now, the new Working Lands Enterprise Board has just finished its first round of grant applications and over 380 enterprises applied for close to $10 million in funding. The Working Landscape Partnership is now supporting a “5-by-3” investment – $5 million every year for 3 years. Gov. Shumlin has proposed $1.5 million for this program. We thank the governor for including the Working Lands Enterprise Fund in his budget, and we believe a bigger and bolder investment is needed.

Please JOIN US at the State House on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to let lawmakers know you support the “5-by-3” working lands investment.

Schedule for the day:

10 am – Meet in the Cedar Creek room for a briefing (second floor)

10:30 am – Working Landscape Partnership Press Conference

11 am – Joint Hearing with House and Senate Agriculture Committees – Room 10 (first floor)

Noon to 1 pm – Meet your legislators! (State House Cafeteria – second floor)

Here are a few tips for a great day:

  • Find out who your legislators are before you come – write down the names of all of your Representatives and Senators. You can find out who your legislators are here
  • If you can, call ahead and leave a message for your Representatives and Senators to let them know you will be looking for them. On Tuesday between 8 am and 4 pm call 802-828-2228 to leave a message for them. Be sure to leave your full name and phone number.
  • Directions to the State House can be found here.
  • Montpelier parking information can be found here.
  • Dress for a warm indoors.

We hope you will join us and show our legislators that Vermonters support a strong investment in our working landscape!

If you plan to come, please RSVP to VNRC’s Sustainable Communities Program Director Kate McCarthy.

We hope to see you there.