“It's a public health and an ecosystem benefit to have farms that are positively impacting water quality, and small farms — and medium and large farms — sometimes really need help in order to do that,” said Liz Gleason, who directs the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program.
Public land comprises 8% of Vermont, according to the complaint, and the state is responsible for maintaining that land for multiple goals.
Residents have grown frustrated by hundreds of water main breaks in the state’s capital that have culminated in frozen streets, closed businesses and water shut-offs.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife prohibits target practice at any location on their properties apart from a designated shooting range.
There have been more mid-winter bear sightings, in part due to warming temperatures. Climate change is also affecting bird populations in Vermont, according to Doug Morin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s bird project leader.
Cars, buses, trucks and other modes of transportation are responsible for 40% of Vermont’s climate emissions, making it the state’s most polluting sector.
After surviving an appeal to the development review board, construction will continue on Rabbit Hill Way. Neighbors argue that construction began without a permit, and the town rubber-stamped the project despite a need for further review.
Direct assistance programs in the Upper Valley “have been telling us since October that they are seeing a level of need that they haven’t seen before,” one organizer said. “And everyone was really panicking about what the winter will be like. We knew we had to do something.”
“I just find that to be really exciting — that we're starting to pay attention and learn about all the things that were buzzing around, and we didn't even notice them before,” one biologist said.
Plaintiff attorneys said payments will be going out to about 1,500 more property owners in Bennington and Shaftsbury. They said the process has been disrupted by fraudulent claims and the role of an out-of-state company that unnecessarily offered to help beneficiaries for a fee.