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Member Survey Results are In!

VNRC conducted an online membership survey in April 2013 to help strengthen our relationships with current members and improve our fundraising and communications programs.

The return rate was fairly high: approximately 25 percent of the members who were emailed a link to the survey responded.

Key findings suggest that members trust VNRC to represent their environmental concerns with the legislature and state agencies, and wish they could have more time to advocate for the issues they care about.

While members revealed a range of points of view about specific policy topics, a large percentage – eighty percent – agreed that wind energy should be developed in “certain locations as long as there is consideration for wildlife, water quality, and the concerns of surrounding communities.” The remaining respondents, in an even split, agreed either with the statement that wind energy should be developed as fast as possible or that there are no suitable sites in Vermont for large-scale wind energy development.

Ninety-one percent of those responding said they would favor additional restrictions on development outside of downtowns in order to better manage growth in rural areas, and ninety-five percent of respondents were either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about the rate of development, and fragmentation, of Vermont’s forests.

Click here to read the survey results.