Join Us to Support Working Lands Feb. 13

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.