LEGISLATIVE WRAP UP October 7, 2020

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LEGISLATIVE WRAP UP October 7, 2020

The end of the 2019-2020 legislative session came at the fall of the gavel at 6:31 pm on Friday September 25. To say that the session was challenging is an understatement. COVID-19 created an unprecedented session; however, in the end, the Legislature, the Administration, and the Public managed to navigate. BILLS THAT PASSED THIS SESSION 

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Help Wanted: Forester II – Washington County Forester

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is seeking a County Forester to join the Private Lands Program team. This position partners with landowners and consulting foresters, and a variety of other natural resource professionals, to promote sustainable forest management in Vermont. The Forester will administer Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA) primarily for

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Required Filing for Current Use Enrollment: eCuse

On September 23, 2020, the Department of Taxes mailed out postcards (see below) to the owners of the 6900 parcels that are required to submit an Annual Agricultural Land and Buildings Certification to be eligible for enrollment in the Current Use program for the 2021 tax year. A postcard was sent for each SPAN that

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Increased Awareness is Needed When Open Burning During Current Dry Weather

Vermont is currently experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions, and the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is reminding the public to exercise caution and follow all state laws and local ordinances with open burning. Open burning currently requires a permit from your town forest fire warden, and Vermonters should always check with their town forest

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Farm Walks Across Vermont

The Farm Walk Trail network is a collaborative initiative of food, farming and agritourism organizations to create a directory of walking trails on farms across Vermont. Farm walks offer Vermonters a healthy and safe place to be outside, engage with the working landscape and get to know their agricultural neighbors. Walks listed on Dig In Vermont (DigInVT)

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10 Answers about Vermont’s “Current Use” Program

In this first article about Vermont’s Current Use program, we try to provide some basic facts to interested landowners. Current Use can apply to either agricultural land or forest land. For our purposes, we will focus on forest land. For many of these questions, we have endeavored to provide as clear of an answer as

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Vermont EAB Update

Several new detections of EAB in northwest Vermont have expanded the current infested area into Franklin County. The map of the infested area in Vermont to which “Slow the Spread” recommendations apply now includes new areas in the towns of Isle LaMotte, North Hero,  St. Albans, Swanton, and Highgate. A small area in the town

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Forester licensing and CEUs

Appropriately, social distancing has resulted in the cancellation of many continuing educational opportunities. Forester licenses are up for renewal in September, and this has many foresters wondering where to get the additional credits they’ll need. We have some news and resources to help: License Renewal Extensions: To mitigate the challenge this creates for foresters and other licensed

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August 2020 Forest Health Insect and Disease Observations report

August marks the last full month of the summer season, with fall colors and cooler temperatures right around the corner. On average, this month was warmer and wetter than August of 2019. Statewide temperatures averaged 65.6°F, which was 1°F warmer than last year. Statewide precipitation averaged 4.17 inches, which was 0.38 inches more than August

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Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week: September 12-19, 2020

New Toolkit & Activities Encourage the Public to Get Involved Montpelier, VT – The week of September 12 – 19 has been designated as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Vermont. The week is part of a nationwide effort to raise public understanding of an invasive forest pest that has destroyed millions of ash trees

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