Protecting Pollinators from Harmful Pesticides

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Pollinators are crucial to our broader ecosystem health and food security. In 2024, Vermont lawmakers took a significant step to better protect these important keystone species, with the passage of H.706 — and subsequent override of Governor Scott’s veto.

The law phases out the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Vermont. These harmful pesticides are applied to seeds that are widely used in agriculture, despite research showing they provide little to no benefit to those who use them — and a commitment among many farmers to move away from these pesticide-treated seeds. Furthermore, the evidence continues to mount that these chemicals are contributing to pollinator loss and pose potential risks to public health. As more than 30% of Vermont’s native bee species are “critically imperiled or imperiled” according to the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, the neonicotinoid ban is an opportunity to turn the tide on pollinator loss and protect them for generations to come.

Our work continues to ensure a healthy future for pollinators, our food chain, and Vermonters.

Our Victories

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Improving Flood Resilience

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Making Big Oil Pay

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Committing to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035

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Removing Lead Fixtures from Schools

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Furthering Environmental Justice

Advancing the Global Warming Solutions Act

Removing Derelict Dams

Strengthening Act 250

VNRC has been very effective in creating change in this area.

Fighting PFAS and Toxic Contamination

Protecting the Land and Views at Exit 4

Guiding Municipalities to Implement Act 171

Forming and Supporting Energy Committees

Protecting the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands

Ensuring Clean Streams at Jay Peak

Promoting Statewide Dam Safety

Preserving Downtown Bennington

Convening the Forest Roundtable

Creating Statewide Precedent on Biomass Electricity

Protecting Black Bear Habitat at Parker’s Gore

Securing Clean Water Funding

Maintaining Current Use

Banning Billboards

Declaring Groundwater a Public Trust