Agency of Natural Resources COVID response
The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is striving to continue to carry out its mission and provide services while keeping the public and our employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s more guidance on outdoor recreation, environmental regulations, and the best way to contact us during COVID-19.
Staying Safe Outdoors
It’s more important than ever to get outside and connect with nature. Our state parks, state forests, and wildlife management areas are still open, but we’re asking the public to stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing outdoors and enjoy nature that’s close to home.
Here’s more information:
- Hunting and fishing guidance
- Public hearings on deer and moose
- Vermont State Parks guidance
- Responsible recreation guidance
- Reconnecting wtih nature during the COVID-19 crisis
How to Contact Us
ANR has closed our offices to the public. Employees have transitioned to telework - with very limited health and safety exceptions. Please contact ANR staff via phone or email. If you have trouble reaching the staff person you need or do not know where to start, use one of the numbers below.
- Agency of Natural Resources Central Office - (802) 828-1294
- Department of Environmental Conservation - (802) 828-1556
- Department of Fish & Wildlife - (802) 828-1454
- Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation - (802) 828-1534
Note that the Natural Resources Board is not a part of this Agency but you can find emergency and contact information on the NRB website.
Environmental Regulations and Enforcement Guidance
Vermont businesses and organizations are confronting extremely challenging circumstances. Recognizing this, the Agency has issued new environmental enforcement and permit compliance guidance in conjunction with the latest order from Governor Phil Scott to slow the spread of COVID-19. This guidance will expire at the end of the Governor’s state of emergency declaration. This guidance does not apply to Department of Fish and Wildlife regulated activities, criminal violations or accidental releases of petroleum products or hazardous materials, or critical functions.
Policy Guidance and Enforcement Discretion:
- Above-ground Storage Tank Guidance
- Guidance for Contractors
- Bottle Bill Enforcement Discretion Statement (updated June 8, 2020)
- Drinking Water System Operator Requirements
- Hazardous Waste Management Enforcement Discretion
- Solid Waste Management
- Stormwater Program Enforcement Discretion Guidance
- Underground Storage Tank Program Enforcement Discretion Statement
- Water / Wastewater for Temporary Medical Facilities
- Wastewater Direct Discharge Permit Enforcement Discretion
- Wastewater (septic) and Potable Water Supply (well) Permit Application Guidance
- Winter fuel blend - Global Partners RVP waiver letter and General RVP waiver letter
Public Health Protection Actions:
- Loan forbearance for Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
- Loan forbearance for State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program
- Clean Water Grants and Contracts Interim Guidance (for Clean Water Initiative Program recipients)
For more, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation website to find online forms and get current information on permit applications, compliance reports, etc.
Vermont's forest economy
To keep Vermont’s forest economy as up to date as possible on health and safety issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are maintaining links to the most recent information and guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, Agency of Commerce and Community Development and other sources here. Please visit this page for more information.
To learn more about the Use Value Appraisal Program (Current Use), Heavy Cutting (Intent to Cut Notifications), Acceptable Management Practices, licenses and special use permits, and outdoor burning guidance, visit the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation COVID-19 information page.