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Three Things: VNRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, Lake Bomoseen Permit Denial, and a Volunteer Day at North Branch Nature Center

Three things: Announcing the date for VNRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, commending Vermont’s denial of a permit for chemical use in Lake Bomoseen, and inviting you to a fantastic volunteer opportunity at North Branch Nature Center this July! 

Stay informed, connected, and engaged—three things.

Save the Date: VNRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendars for an exciting evening at our Annual Meeting on September 21st! We hope you can join us at American Flatbread at Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield, under an open-air pavilion from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. We will be presenting a captivating short video that celebrates our collective successes over the past 60 years, and looks ahead to the future of VNRC’s work to protect Vermont’s natural resources. Additionally, we will vote to elect new members to our Board of Directors, and proudly present the 2023 Art Gibb Award for Individual Leadership. Don’t miss out on this memorable occasion as we come together for flatbread, salad, a cash bar, and a celebration of VNRC’s 60 years and our shared dedication to a more sustainable and thriving Vermont! More information, including a formal invitation and a place to RSVP, will be coming soon.

State of Vermont Rejects Lake Bomoseen Herbicide Plan in Draft Decision

VNRC is pleased to see that the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) intends to deny a permit for using chemicals in Lake Bomoseen to address aquatic invasive species. We firmly support this denial and will provide comments to reinforce our stance. Chemical treatments should only be a last resort for managing invasive species in Vermont’s lakes and ponds. Recently, we advocated for a successful study of the aquatic nuisance control program, aiming to ensure DEC’s limited and well-justified use of chemicals in public waters. Our hope is that the study will ensure the DEC will only allow the use of chemicals in public waters under limited circumstances.  

North Branch Nature Center Volunteer Day

Photo credit: North Branch Nature Center 

Join VNRC, Vermont Conservation Voters, and North Branch Nature Center (NBNC) on July 18th from 10 am to 12 pm for a habitat restoration volunteer day! Together, we will work on removing invasive plant populations, caring for newly planted trees, and installing beaver deterrents along the river. Guided by NBNC’s Conservation Technician, you’ll gain insights into the diverse plants and wildlife within the riparian zone while learning valuable land management techniques. This volunteer work is hands-on and requires physical exertion, including kneeling, standing, crouching, and walking on uneven terrain off-trail. Come connect with fellow nature lovers, encounter native riparian plants, and make a positive impact on the land! Please RSVP to Colin Keegan at ckeegan@vnrc.org to join us.

P.S. In case you missed it, check out this op-ed by Drew McConville, discussing Vermont’s newly enacted law, the Community Resilience and Biodiversity Protection Act (H.126). The law aims to conserve 30 percent of Vermont’s land by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050. McConville highlights the opportunity for Vermont to lead in national and global efforts to combat the loss of nature and biodiversity. He argues that tangible action and early victories are essential, and that regional collaboration and inclusive, robust public engagement can help ensure the success of the law.