Emerald ash borer is a confirmed threat to Vermont forests

Emerald ash borer is a confirmed threat to Vermont forests

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling The emerald ash borer, the Asian beetle that has been chewing its way through North America’s ash trees, has arrived in Vermont, an event as long anticipated as it is unwelcome. “It’s something we’ve been expecting,” said Barbara Schultz, forest health program manager for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation.… Read More »

Anglers told to be on the lookout for non-native mosquitofish

Anglers told to be on the lookout for non-native mosquitofish

Anglers should check their bait for non-native mosquitofish. A keen-eyed angler spotted something unusual in his bait bucket that led to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently citing a Vermont baitfish wholesaler, Hog Island Wholesale Bait and Tackle in Swanton, for illegally importing unapproved fish species into the state. Non-native “mosquitofish” are native to… Read More »

Gov. Scott delivers low-key balanced-budget address

By Anne Galloway VTDigger.org There are no “bells and whistles” in Gov. Phil Scott’s 2019 budget. As expected, there are no new taxes and no new fees. For the full text of Governor Scott’s address, click here. Nor have any big initiatives been proposed in the budget. Instead, the governor’s office gave the Legislature a… Read More »

Senate passes pot legalization; sends bill to governor

Shelburne Reps. Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb discuss their split vote on the bill here. By Alan J. Keays VTdigger.org A bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana has cleared the last hurdle in the Vermont Legislature Wednesday afternoon on a voice vote in the Senate. The measure, H.511, now heads to the desk of… Read More »

Text of Gov. Scott’s State of the State address — Jan. 4

Madame Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow Vermonters: Since 1778, Vermonters, elected by their neighbors and bound by a common oath, have gathered to open the legislative session. They left farms, families and businesses, traveled over rugged mountain gaps and winding valley roads, from every corner… Read More »

State reps offer thoughts on State of the State

Editor’s note: State Reps. Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb, both Shelburne Democrats, shared their thoughts after Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State address and the start of the legislative session last week. From Rep. Jessica Brumsted Gov. Phil Scott stressed the importance of growing Vermont’s economy and noting that Vermont’s demographics (with the second-oldest… Read More »

Backcountry skiing, logging in new state plan for Camel’s Hump

By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org The state’s Department of Forests is asking Vermonters to weigh in on the first new plan in a quarter-century for the 26,000-acre management area that includes Camel’s Hump State Park. The plan as currently written would create new multi-use trails and backcountry skiing glades. The plan also includes 34 timber harvests over 3,800… Read More »

Beware of toxic toys

By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org Toxic toys are stocked on retailers’ shelves, along with dolls that violate children’s privacy and other playtime products that can block youngsters’ windpipes, according to a report by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. The advocacy group, which issues a similar report every year, used the report’s release as an opportunity… Read More »