One of my favorite recollections of sugaring in Vermont is the tradition of annual maple meetings held in the cold days of January.
Water is commonly held in Vermont. The state of Vermont has been designated as the trustee of our water commons.
Given the predicted storm events of a rapidly changing climate, what more can be done on less to protect our water commons?
The waters of the state of Vermont — be they flowing in a river, seeping through the ground, or staying put for a while in a lake — are held by the people. They are our common waters.
Vermont’s forest-based economy must become even more collaborative and holistic and less competitive and linear.
For conservationists and land users of all stripes, understanding and preserving the capacity of the land to be resilient is now job one.
In November, the State of Vermont published a draft proposal on the cleanup of Lake Champlain. The document was intended to stimulate discussion. It will!