Members of the public also spoke out in favor of the reclassification, and the significant ecological values of the wetland. Notably, Rose Paul, Director of Science and Freshwater Programs for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), commented about the importance of the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland. In addition, Ms. Paul noted that TNC owns approximately half of the land surrounding the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland and that over the years, TNC has seen development degrade the wetland. Ms Paul commented that the Class 1 designation would help to mitigate these impacts.
ANR is accepting written comments on VNRC’s Petition until September 11, 2017. Please write and urge them to grant VNRC’s Petition as filed to protect this incredible natural resource:
Any person may file comments in writing on this petition by referencing project #2016-699.P through 9/11/2017 and sending them to:
Watershed Management Division
Attn: Wetlands Program Department of Environmental Conservation
One National Life Drive Main Building, 2nd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
Or to: ANR.WSMDWetlands@vermont.gov