Governor Phil Scott today announced a new initiative to address the high cost of workers' compensation insurance for logging contractors in Vermont's forest economy.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has introduced legislation that would provide federal funding to revitalize forests being destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer and help stem future infestations of invasive pests.
Working Lands Enterprise Board Celebrates FY19 Grantees - Program Receives Increased FY20 State Funding
Eighteen Vermont working lands businesses and service providers were recognized today at an event celebrating the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI), created by the Legislature in 2012 to stimulate economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors. Governor Phil Scott and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts recognized each grantee on the grounds of the Intervale Center in Burlington, also a grantee, to emphasize the importance of working lands businesses to Vermont’s economy and heritage.
There has been a new detection of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Bristol, Vermont. This is the first confirmed detection in Addison County.
Want to know what's happening with insects and diseases in the woods? Check VT Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreations May report!
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week runs from May 18th – May 25th 2019. While the loss of our ash trees is inevitable, identifying and infestations early and slowing the spread will give communities time to plan to mitigate the economic and ecological impacts of the pest.
Woods Whys: New Book by Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Explores the Hows and Whys of Forests and Forestry
Have you ever wondered how trees “come back to life” in spring? Why paper birches are so white? Or which trees make the best firewood? A new book by Vermont’s Commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Michael Snyder answers these questions and many others. Woods Whys: An Exploration of Forests and Forestry is a collection of essays that aims to teach people more about trees, forests, and forest management—and, by doing so, to help them become more connected to the woods around them.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife will hold two more public hearings on deer.
A hearing on May 21 in Bethel will cover the proposed antlerless deer permit numbers for the 2019 hunting seasons as well as the proposed deer hunting regulation changes for 2020. A second hearing on June 4 in Hinesburg will cover the proposed deer hunting regulation changes for 2020.
The hearings are scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. as follows:
Today the Green Mountain Club (GMC), the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR), and the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) call on Vermonters and recreational tourists to be wary of the return of mud season to the Green Mountains and to respect associated trail closures and advisories.