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.

Seven Child Care and Preschool Facilities Work with State to Assess Possible Chemical Contaminants from Nearby Dry Cleaners


Seven child care and preschool providers around the state that are located within 200 feet of current or former dry cleaning businesses are partnering with state agencies to assess indoor air quality to ensure they are not impacted by chemicals associated with dry cleaning. The assessment work is precautionary, and the state stands ready to provide mitigation support if needed.

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.


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