Forests, Parks & Recreation Welcomes Wood Energy Coordinator

The Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation (FPR) recently welcomed a new staff member, Emma Hanson, who will serve as Wood Energy Coordinator.  She will be tasked with helping to implement the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan’s goal of doubling wood fuel’s share of building heating by 2035.  Achieving this goal will help in reducing the State’s dependence on imported heating oil and support forest landowners by providing markets for the products of forest management.

Climate Action Commission Hosts Statewide ‘Listening Tour’

The Vermont Climate Action Commission will be hosting a series of public scoping sessions through the state in September and October to gather input and recommendations from Vermonters.  The Commission hopes to hear people’s experiences in dealing with the effects of climate change, as well as their ideas for potential actions that the Commission could recommend to the Governor’s office.  

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When Governments Cooperate - State Government Municipal Day

These full- and part-day events provide workshops, technical assistance and the opportunity to engage with State staff and municipal colleagues from across Vermont.  Not only will we be offering our annual workshop in Montpelier but, new this year, we are pleased to expand our geographic reach with satellite sessions in Rutland and St. Johnsbury.

Quarry Operators Fined for Excavating Beaver Dam

The Agency of Natural Resources announced today that Ruby Construction, Inc., former owner of the hilltop property containing the Mammoth Quarry in the Town of Wells, and the company’s lessee Royal Harrison, were jointly held responsible for a massive discharge of water and sediment into Lake St. Catherine. They have been fined a minimum of $9,000 and are required to appropriately remove the deposited sediment from the lake.

Vermont Clean Water Week is August 20 – 26

Governor Scott Announces Clean Water Week 2017

Governor Philip B. Scott is issuing a proclamation to declare the week of August 20th “Clean Water Week” for the State of Vermont. Vermont businesses, organizations, communities and individuals across the state are taking part in the celebration of Vermont’s waters, and joining the call for action to restore and protect this vital resource.

VT Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative Refines Goals

Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative Gathers 60 Stakeholders to Refine Initial Goals ahead of Public Meetings

The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC), a public-private committee tasked by Governor Phil Scott with economic development centered around outdoor recreation, last week gathered 60 stakeholders for a two-day policy conference at the historic Grafton Inn, Aug. 2-3, 2017.

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Recipients Announced

Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence have been announced and will be recognized at a ceremony at the State House on August 4th. Environmental excellence awards have been given since 1993 to recognize efforts and actions of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability.  To date, more than 200 efforts have been recognized. 


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