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Hundreds of volunteer tree stewards are in charge of making sure Vermont's trees are healthy and treated fairly. With over three quarters of the state being forested, this is no simple task.


The Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative has released their final report. Over the last two years, multiple agencies have been working together to look at how individual towns can think about the economic impacts of flood damage, and the value of mitigating it.

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development wants the state to become a leader in growing the green economy as scientists, governments and entrepreneurs confront the effects of climate change.

The council is going around the state to gather input on these issues, and held a forum in Brattleboro.

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Rain gardens, porous pavement and green roofs – what do these three things have in common? They are all examples of green infrastructure, designed to help alleviate stormwater runoff.

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Vermont's farmland, with its lush green fields, iconic red barns and black and white Holsteins have inspired many artists.

At a new exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, "Shedding Light on the Working Forest," painter Kathleen Kolb is urging viewers to consider the state's forest industry with the same appreciation.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sided with Entergy Vermont Yankee on a decision to shut down a radiological monitoring system at its Vernon nuclear power plant.

Entergy had asked the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to allow it to cut back on the Emergency Response Data System, which Vermont said it needed to continue monitoring the radiological activity at the plant.

Climate change and human activity may be leading to a new wave of extinction.

Vermont Edition spoke to Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker, about the her latest book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."

On historic mass extinctions

"The idea is that there have been these moments [that] are not spaced in any way for whatever reason, and the reasons vary, you get a very large number of species going extinct, in a geological sense, more or less at the same time," says Kolbert.

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Anyone who lives in Vermont sees roadkill. From porcupines and squirrels littering the sides of roads to the more dangerous deer on the highway. But squashed critters are just one part of a discussion about how important it is that wildlife can move around the state - to feed, mate, hunt, and maintain genetic diversity. We're talking about the effort to make driving safer for Vermonters and help the state's wildlife thrive as well.

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A massive scandal shook the auto industry when Volkswagen admitted that some of its diesel cars use software to fool state emissions tests. And there are nearly 3,000 cars in Vermont that could be affected. 

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State officials oppose it, but town leaders Norwich are all for it: rebuilding of the Norwich pool dam.

The original dam was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. This week the Norwich Select Board voted unanimously to send a letter to the Agency of Natural Resources that supports the rebuilding of the dam. 

The swimming hole created upstream of the Norwich dam was popular with the community.