Vibrant Forests, Vibrant Economies: Public Invited to Learn More About Vermont’s Forest Economy

MONTPELIER -  The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will be holding four public meetings to provide updates from different sectors of the Department’s work and to hear from those with interest in the forest economy. Department staff are traveling to these locations to give the public an opportunity to communicate directly with various program leaders to have questions answered, concerns heard or to discuss opportunities that the Department can assist them with.

Additional Public Meeting Scheduled to Gather Public Input on Camel’s Hump Area Conserved Lands

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is extending the opportunity to provide public comments on a draft plan for a group of conserved lands in the Camel’s Hump area of central Vermont.  An additional public meeting has been scheduled for December 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury, VT.  Three meetings were previously held on the draft plan in November.

State Initiates Testing for Possible Chemical Contaminants at Child Care and Preschool Programs Near Dry Cleaners


BURLINGTON – As part of a continued focus on protecting Vermont’s most vulnerable, six child care and preschool programs located within 200 feet of current or former dry cleaning businesses will be evaluated in December to determine if dry cleaning chemicals are present. Chemicals associated with dry cleaning can seep into the ground if not stored or disposed of properly, and move from the ground into the air of buildings through the foundation. This testing is precautionary. No one has reported being sick.

Draft Plan Asks for Public Input on $18.7 Million in Volkswagen Settlement Funds


In partnership with an interagency working group, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) released the draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) for how to spend the $18.7 million Vermont will receive as a beneficiary of an Environmental Mitigation Trust funded by the car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW). ANR is asking Vermonters to evaluate the draft plan during an extended public comment period with an eye to how to prioritize projects. ANR will also hold a public meeting to discuss the use of these funds.

Public Invited to Participate in Lake Champlain Clean Water Implementation Meetings


MONTPELIER – Whether it’s a favorite swimming hole, an iconic stream running through town, or a fishing spot along the shores of Lake Champlain, every Vermonter has a connection to the state’s many lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams. Each resident can also play a meaningful role cleaning up Vermont’s polluted waterways.

A Guide to Keeping Warm This Winter


MONTPELIER –Vermont’s Congressional Delegation recently secured $18.9 million dollars in federal funding for the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program. These funds will help 20,000 Vermont households keep warm this winter. Low-income households across Vermont can expect to receive an average of $879 to assist with winter heating costs.


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