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Three Things: VNRC in National Wildlife Magazine, Introducing our Legislative Intern, and Sharing a Recent Op-ed on Invasive Species

Three Things: Sharing a recent feature of VNRC’s work in National Wildlife magazine, introducing you to our legislative intern, and highlighting a recent op-ed on invasive species management.

Stay informed, connected, and engaged—three things.

National Wildlife Magazine State Affiliate Spotlight: Highlighting VNRC’s Work in Vermont

Did you know that VNRC is Vermont’s state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF)? NWF has been working across the country on behalf of wildlife since 1936, fighting for conservation and wildlife protection in the face of the biodiversity crisis. Once per quarter, NWF produces National Wildlife, a comprehensive magazine highlighting wildlife and conservation efforts, and spotlights the work of state affiliates. We are honored to have our work recognized in the Winter 2024 issue of National Wildlife, and hope you enjoy reading a bit about what we’ve been up to through the eyes of NWF! 

Meet our 2024 Legislative Intern – Cora Smith! 

Please join us in welcoming Cora Smith as VNRC and VCV’s 2024 Legislative Intern! Cora will be working to track all of the critically important environmental legislation moving through the State House this legislative session. We’ve asked her to introduce herself and her role in her own words: 

“I am originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut and graduated from UVM with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. This past fall, I interned for Senator Bernie Sanders and learned about how the federal government can support Vermonters. I’m excited to learn more about state government, and will be tracking environmental bills in the State House this session. I’m especially excited about Act 250 and flood resilience policy. I love to hike and rock climb, and I’m a part of the Old North End Mutual Aid Network which supports neighbors in Burlington!”

Curt Lindberg: December’s flooding spread invasive knotweed along Vermont’s rivers. Here’s how we can help.

In a recent op-ed published in VTDigger, Curt Lindberg, chair of the Waitsfield Conservation Commission and member of the Vermont Biodiversity Alliance, shared reflections on the impact Vermont’s recent flooding has had on invasive species along our rivers. As Lindberg explains, Japanese knotweed is damaging to our local watersheds and it can be particularly challenging to handle removal and prevent its spread. If you’ve been curious about the uptick in knotweed since recent flood events or want to get involved to help manage the removal of the invasive, we highly recommend checking out this great op-ed – you may even be inspired to join your local Conservation Commission to tackle these projects alongside your neighbors!