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1:35 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Spring Gardening Show

Looking north over the Putney School vegetable garden in 2010.
Putney Pics Flickr

Spring is finally here! Or... well...almost. But it is definitely time to start planning garden beds, preparing the soil, and dreaming of the gardening season ahead.

We'll talk with gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi about the lingering effects of the cold winter, the right time for pruning, new varieties of perennial flowers, and any questions you might have.

Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net

Public Post
9:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Stay Off The Trails, Mud Season Is Officially Here

It will be a few weeks before muddy trails, like this one in Wolcott, dry out.
Amy Kolb Noyes VPR

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."

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VPR News
5:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmakers Put Pressure On Shumlin To Clean Up Lakes

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.

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Vermont Edition
2:19 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge Receives New Designation

Franklin County, in northwestern Vermont, is home to an expansive wetland and river delta called the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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Environment
6:02 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Exit 4 Development Plan Runs Into Regulatory Hurdles

Traffic flows off Interstate 89 at Exit 4 in Randolph Tuesday. A developer detailed his proposal for a visitor's center and Vermont products showcase to the legislature's Joint Transportation Oversight Committee.
Toby Talbot Associated Press

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.

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VPR News
6:04 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Addison County Regional Planning Commission Votes In Favor Of Pipeline

Jeremy Grip, a Ripton delegate to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, speaks out against Phase II of the Vermont Gas pipeline project on April 9. The commission voted in support of Phase II, 15-11.
Angela Evancie VPR

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.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ottauquechee Kindergarten Takes To The Woods

Kindergarteners from Ottauquechee School in Quechee trudge up hill to outdoor "classoom."
Charlotte Albright

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.

At the Ottauquechee School in Quechee, every Friday is Forest Friday.

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Commentary
5:49 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Homeyer: Funny Weather

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.

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Environment
7:14 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Rutland Family Frustrated By Pesticide Cleanup

Patricia Whitney and her attorney Karl Anderson examine storage bins in the Whitneys' basement. The EPA is cleaning the home to rid it of a toxic pesticde that was used to treat bedbugs last year.
Nina Keck VPR

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.

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Commentary
4:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Dunsmore: Climate Change and Civil Disorder

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?
 

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