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Parcelization, Fragmentation Research Continues

VNRC continues to update research on the rate of subdivision of Vermont’s lands in order to raise awareness about the trend among Vermont landowners, zoning boards, and planning commissions and others. The continuing work builds upon a detailed report, issued by VNRC several years ago, that began to quantify the rate and characteristics of subdivision and parcelization of the state, something that is hard to see but is nonetheless a threat to the viability of forests, the health of wildlife, and water quality, among other things.

“It’s happening somewhat under the radar. We call it silent sprawl. It’s hard to quantify, and its cumulative effect is concerning,” says Jamey Fidel, VNRC’s forest and biodiversity program director.

Click to read more about the report and VNRC’s continuing work on the issue.