Through research, education, collaboration and advocacy, VNRC protects and enhances Vermont’s natural environments, vibrant communities, productive working landscapes, rural character and unique sense of place, and prepares the state for future challenges and opportunities.

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State House

We have a constant presence in the Vermont Legislature to advocate for a Vermont that is healthy and sustainable. We provide credible research and information, and important historic context, on legislation that affects our environment and communities. We serve as a watchdog of the administration to ensure laws are implemented as intended through rule-making, agency oversight, and more.

Plus, we help you get involved in voicing your concerns for the future of our state. Learn more.

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VNRC has enjoyed a long history as a convener in Vermont’s environmental community, providing a way for advocates, natural resource professionals, peer organizations, and many others to connect and find creative solutions to environmental challenges. Our work makes it possible for various organizations to raise awareness and coordinate with a unified voice, locally and at the State House.

We’ve built and participate in many groups. Read more about them here.



How We Work


VNRC’s experts are at the forefront of research on topics in land use, forest and wildlife conservation, water quality, and more. Find our recent and archived publications here.

Tools for Communities

We support energy committees in their efforts to build a clean energy future. We train regional planners and real estate professionals about regulations and non-regulatory tools that keep forests and wildlife habitat intact. We conduct outreach to private dam owners to assist them in removing dams to promote healthy waterways. We grant funds to communities working on smart growth projects. And more.

Seeking guidance on local action around smart growth and conservation? Visit our Community Planning Toolbox.


Across the state, we keep Vermonters informed about the environmental issues that affect them most, and empower them to speak up when the voice of concerned citizens is needed to make a difference.

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VNRC participates in precedent-setting legal matters affecting the state’s natural resources and the health of local communities. We have a track record of success advocating in the courts and reaching creative settlement agreements to protect our environment.

Support Us

Support from our donors is critical. By making a tax-deductible donation to VNRC, you help ensure that our work will continue for decades to come.

Thank you for your contribution.

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