Natural resources training session offered for development professionals

PRESS RELEASE — Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Nov. 29, 2012

Media Contacts:
Jamey Fidel or Kate McCarthy, VNRC, 802-223-2328

Jens Hawkins-Hilke, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 802-879-5644

Real estate professionals, engineers and site technicians will shape future development in Vermont. Now they have the opportunity to learn more about how to incorporate natural resource planning into their work at a half-day training session offered through the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

The session, entitled “A New Way of Seeing the Landscape: Tools for Helping Real Estate Agents, Engineers & Site Technicians Plan and Develop with Natural Resources in Mind,” will run from 12:30-5:15 pm on December 13, 2012, at the Jericho Community Center. The training session counts for four hours of Continuing Education credits for real estate agents.

Development professionals provide advice to their clients that influences how land is subdivided, built upon, and managed in Vermont. They have a direct effect on the developed and natural landscapes that characterize the identity of the state. Much of Vermont’s economy – including real estate, second home development, tourism, forestry,
wildlife viewing and recreation – relies on a high-quality landscape.

The training session is designed to help development professionals understand how land can be managed and developed with natural resources as a consideration. It also can provide them with additional knowledge of what natural resources may exist on a
property, a value increasingly in demand by consumers.

“Areas with the highest values for forestry, wildlife and scenery, and healthy natural resources are often the areas that are highly desirable for development,” said Jamey Fidel, forest and biodiversity program director at VNRC. “Part of maintaining Vermont’s quality of life, recreational opportunities, and overall desirability involves careful planning of development so that it supports forest and wildlife health.”

This training session is funded by the U.S. Forest Service through its State and Private Forestry Program, in cooperation with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Chittenden Uplands Forests, Wildlife, and Communities Project, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.

Registration or more information about the workshop can be found online at https://join.vnrc.org/a-new-way-of-seeing-the-landscape-training or by emailing Jamey Fidel ([email protected]) or Kate McCarthy ([email protected]).

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