Although it may have been evident in your neck of the woods for some time, this week the Green Mountain Club officially announced the start of mud season and urged hikers to stay off muddy trails "unless they still have extensive snow or ice cover," and until the trails dry out.
According to the club's press release, "high elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails."
House lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that aims to expedite the clean-up of Vermont waterways. But the bill that passed the floor Thursday doesn’t include any funding for the effort. And even its chief proponent says it won’t address the pollution crisis unfolding in places like Lake Champlain.
The area is a gem in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service portfolio, and now it’s received a new distinction: the Mississquoi Delta, Bay and Wetlands have been named a “Wetland of International Importance.”
Ken Sturm is the refuge manager at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the new designation.
Last January, Gov. Peter Shumlin praised a proposal from a prominent developer to construct the state’s first privately funded, public rest area.
But the project off Interstate 89 in Randolph would impact some of the region’s prime farm land. And opposition from both state regulators and environmentalists is threatening to derail his massive development plan.
The Addison County Regional Planning Commission has voted in favor of Phase II of the Vermont Gas Pipeline.
At a meeting in Middlebury Wednesday night, the commission voted 15 to 11 that the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, which would pipe gas from Middlebury to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, New York, conforms with "applicable provisions" of the Addison County Regional Plan.
There’s a new kind of pre-school starting to sprout — literally — and it doesn’t have a ceiling or walls. In “Forest Kindergartens,” kids spend a lot of time outdoors, exploring nature, and exercising their bodies and minds. In Vermont, it’s a trend that’s been taking hold slowly, one day at a time.
As we plowed our way into April this year, it seemed like everyone I met at the grocery store – whether a millennial or an octogenarian - was saying essentially the same thing: “Wow. This winter was like the ones we had when I was a kid - with amazing snow and cold.” And I was perfectly happy to have it so, largely because I enjoy skiing, but also because I believe it will reduce the number of pests in the garden this summer.
A foster family that’s suing Vermont officials over a botched bedbug extermination says they’re not getting enough answers about ongoing cleanup efforts at their Rutland City house. The family says only two of their home’s three floors are being cleaned and they say they’ll never feel comfortable living there again.
We don’t really need United Nations climate experts to warn us. If we merely look around America, we see polar vortexes in the deep south, record droughts in the south and west that starve crops and feed forest fires, excessive tornadoes churning through the country’s mid-section and once rare powerful hurricanes and blizzards plowing up the Atlantic coast seemingly every weekend. We know instinctively that our weather is profoundly changing - and yet far too many of us are seemingly oblivious or resigned to nature’s warnings. What will it take to shatter this indifference?