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:
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:
- Bottle Bill / Redemption Center Relief March 17 - April 30
- Drinking Water System Operator requirements
- Water / Wastewater for Temporary Medical Facilities
- Solid Waste Management
- Winter fuel blend (RVP) waiver
Public health protection actions:
- Loan forbearance for Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
- Loan forbearance for State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program
For more, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation website to find online forms and get current information on permit applications, compliance reports, etc.