Environment

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Strange. Weird. Bizarre. Lawmakers, pundits and lobbyists have used all these words, and more, to describe the past 18 weeks in Montpelier. Amid all the drama, however, the Legislature managed to get some work done.

Susan Bulmer / Vermont State Parks

All of Vermont's state parks will be open for camping and day use on Friday. Vermont State Parks Director Craig Whipple says Memorial Day weekend is something he and his staff have been looking forward to for some time.

Steve Faccio

Biologists Kent McFarland and Sarah Zahendra of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies recently took a trip to the Bolton Cliffs in search of a mighty bird.

Levin: Merlin Watching

May 18, 2015

My father was a passionate golfer. Throughout my childhood he played on weekends, sometimes thirty-six holes in a day. When he retired in 1982, he played five days a week, until he died in ‘97. And though I’ve never cared much for the game myself, lately I’ve been spending a lot of time on a golf course - or to be more precise the fifteenth fairway at the Hanover Country Club.

With plenty of rain and Vermont's abundance of lakes and streams, it's hard to feel California's water crisis from afar. But ironically, this crisis may affect my 15 colonies of Vermont bees. Here's why.

Over the last 30 years, the beekeeping industry has become dependent upon pollination fees it derives from some 15 crops - worth $20 billion annually.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

A bill lawmakers say will reduce pollution in Lake Champlain and other Vermont waterways is on its way to the governor’s desk. Supporters call the legislation an overdue attempt to improve water quality. But critics worry the funding source could harm the economy.

Craig Line / AP File

Catching sight of a tightly curled, bright green fiddlehead can turn turn an ordinary walk along the river into a foraging adventure.  This is fiddlehead season, and foragers are trying to find the balance between gathering their favorite treats, and leaving enough behind to guarantee a healthy crop next season.  We talk with botanist Arthur Haines of the New England Wildflower Society, Shelburne Farms head chef David Hugo, and VPR's own expert forager Robert Resnik about how to find, eat and protect wild edibles like fiddleheads, mushrooms and ramps.

The Hermitage Ski Club has agreed to pay $205,000 in civil penalties for violating land use and environmental permit requirements.

In February, the state charged the private resort, which owns 1,400 acres in West Dover and Wilmington, with failing to acquire the necessary permits for a number of construction projects.

Charlotte Albright / VPR

As spring returns, controversy swirls over a dam in East Burke. The land trust that owns the dam wants to tear it down. But other residents see the dam as an historic buttress to the local economy. 

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has voted to make some changes to Vermont's hunting and fishing regulations.

Under the change, hunters over 50 will be allowed to use crossbows during the regular archery season. And in an effort to prevent chronic wasting disease, the board voted to ban natural deer urine lures.

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