New Guidebooks Provide Resources for Modern Wood Heating in Vermont Schools and Affordable Housing

MONTPELIER – The Vermont State Wood Energy Team is pleased to announce the availability of two new resources for modern wood heating. A Practical Guide to Modern Wood Heating: Successful Conversion to Wood Heating for Schools in Vermont and A Practical Guide to Modern Wood Heating: Successful Conversion to Wood Heating for Affordable Housing in Vermont are comprehensive guides intended to educate administrators, building managers, and school boards about the possibilities for wood heat as a lower-cost, more predictable, stable, and local energy source.

New Public Noticing System Puts Information into the Hands of all Vermonters


MONTPELIER – Once considered out-of-sight, the state’s environmental permitting system just got a massive makeover that’s turning heads. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently launched the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). Now, for the first time ever, there is an online hub that gives anyone the ability to easily track permit applications and add public comments.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Grants Available to Improve Shooting Ranges


MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont Fish & Wildlife is offering shooting range improvement grants to create more access to safe places to shoot. 

Developed to encourage upgrades of shooting ranges to enhance their safety and operation, the Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks grant applications from clubs and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges, including archery ranges until 4:30 p.m. on March 15.  The grant period begins July 1, 2018.

Vt Fish & Wildlife Biologist to Give Winter Bird Presentation & Field Walk at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on February 24


ADDISON, Vt. – Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife biologist John Buck will give a presentation on Winter Birds at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area Conference Room in Addison on Saturday, February 24.  The presentation will be followed by a field trip to look for birds lead by Buck and other department staff. 

ECO AmeriCorps Members Treat MLK Day as a Day ON And Not a Day Off


MONTPELIER --- ECO AmeriCorps program members will help the Central Vermont Humane Society with a much-needed painting update at the organization’s facility from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on January 15th, 2018. ECO AmeriCorps members will participate in this service project to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. The ECO AmeriCorps members will be joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country on this national day of service.

Cold Weather Brings Early Ice Fishing Opportunities


MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says recent cold weather has made ice fishing a viable Vermont outdoor activity several weeks earlier than in recent years.  

At least six inches of solid ice is recommended for safe ice fishing, and that much ice hasn’t been present for some time on most lakes until late January.  But ice fishing enthusiasts are now finding ample ice on many smaller lakes and the bays of larger lakes.  Ice safety precautions, however, are still very important according to Fish & Wildlife.         

Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day and Festival is January 27



CASTLETON, Vt. – Vermont’s fifth annual Free Ice Fishing Day is set for Saturday, January 27, and will be celebrated by a fun-filled ice fishing festival in Castleton. 

Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day, which takes place each year on the last Saturday in January, enables both residents and non-residents to go ice fishing on any legal waterbody in Vermont for the day without a license.

Vermont Hunters Had Successful 2017 Deer Season



MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 15,949 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2017 deer hunting seasons.

Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2017, taking 3,585 deer in archery season, 1,461 in youth season, 7,272 in rifle season, and 3,631 in muzzleloader season.  The 15,949 deer brought home by hunters yielded more than 3 million meals of local nutritious venison.

Responsible Logging, Clean Water: Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Rule Amendments


MONTPELIER – The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) is now accepting public comments on the proposed state rule amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont. FPR invites the public to attend one of three public gatherings held this January to learn more about AMPs and to add their voice to the conversation.


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