Opinion: Standing together to protect Lake Champlain

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:49am -- tim

by Secretaries Deb Markowitz, Brian Searles, Chuck Ross and Lawrence Miller This Earth Day, we can take pride that Vermonters are working together – farmers, loggers, businesses, citizens, and local, state and federal officials in every corner of the state – to ensure that we protect and restore Lake Champlain and all of the state’s waters.  Not only is this necessary to continue our tradition of protecting our environment and quality of life, but it is essential if we are to continue to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and viewing wildlife on our beautiful lake, as well a

VAST season ends

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:02am -- ayla

2013-2014 snowmobile season concludes! The 2013-2014 snowmobile season came to an end on April 15th. The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) is reporting another great season that saw some of the best statewide riding conditions experienced in years. The VAST grooming fleet was able to groom approximately 130,000 miles on the 4,700 miles of snowmobile trails that make up the Statewide Snowmobile Trail System.

State employees union, Shumlin administration negotiate over temporary employment

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:37am -- tim

by Hilary Niles State government spent more than $16.7 million on temporary employees in fiscal year 2013. The Vermont State Employees Association says too much state money is used to support long-term temporary positions.

VSEA, the state employees’ union, has made the issue of temporary employees a priority this year, and has launched an “invisible workforce” advertising campaign to draw the public’s attention to the issue.

Forest Service to use prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:22am -- tim

Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) officials announced Thursday that they, in partnership with local fire departments, are planning to use prescribed fire to treat approximately 300 to 400 acres of the more than 400,000-acre national forest. The Forest Service says that it will use prescribed fire as a management tool to reduce heavy accumulations of brush to restore critical wildlife habitat, regenerate early successional growth, and improve overall watershed conditions on the national forest in Vermont.