November/December 2014 
Congratulations to Holly Parker for her winning November photo!
In This Issue
ANR Secretary 
Deb Markowitz
From the Secretary's Desk: Year in Review
 

As the year is coming to a close, I have been reflecting on all that ANR has accomplished over the last 12 months. I am grateful to all of the individuals, businesses, legislators, sister agencies, environmental and conservation organizations, local governments and, of course, our great staff, whose daily contributions help us to take meaningful steps to protect our natural environment so that Vermont can continue to be a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. Some of the highlights from the past year include: Read more...

Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation:
  
The Heart of Vermont's Community Life is Green
- This article contains excerpts from the Vermont Village Greens Report, written by Amie Schiller, intern with the VT Urban & Community Forestry Program and ACCD's Community Planning and Revitalization Division
Bristol Village Green
Photo Credit: Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
Steeped in history and tradition, village greens have served as the physical and cultural heart of Vermont communities for centuries. It's a place to relax, host your weekly farmer's market, the location of the town's holiday celebrations and convenient setting for a picnic, craft fair, or even an impromptu ultimate frisbee game. Village greens provide Vermonters a place to gather, to recreate and celebrate, and to engage in commerce and democracy. With this in mind, the Agency of Natural Resources' Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development Community and Planning and Revitalization team developed the Village Green Initiative to celebrate and recognize Vermont's authentic historic gathering places. 
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
  
Seven Easy Ways You Can Manage Your Land For Wildlife
 
Vermonters care about their environment, and they value the presence of wildlife. Time and again, these values are confirmed in surveys that illustrate strong public support for conservation of wildlife and land.

Vermont conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts face a challenge in developing management plans to protect and conserve wildlife, however. A full 85% of land in this rural state is privately owned. So how can we as conservationists and scientists effectively manage wildlife, given that the land is in private hands? 
Dept. of Environmental Conservation
  
Establishing Regions for Lakes Permit Programs Increases Efficiency
Are you planning to develop your shoreline property? A recent change in how the new Dept. of Environmental Conservation Shoreline Permit Program and the long-established Lake Encroachment Permit Program are administered will make the permitting process more efficient.  Read more . . . .
ANR:
  
November Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Congrats to Holly Parker who won first place in our November photo contest. Her photo is featured as the header image above.

Our other winners are as follows: 

Second Place: Eric Whalen for this unique and beautiful photo of the sun setting over Lake Champlain
Third Place: Anne Majusiak for this image of a wintry forest

Readers can view all winning images as well as honorable mentions here. To view finalists click here, and to see all images submitted this month, have a look at the full album here.
Did You Hear?
  
News Worth Mentioning
Give the Gift of Vermont State Parks!

The holiday season is here again and Vermont State Parks is offering three Holiday Gift Packages for the outdoor enthusiast in your life. The packages feature designs by Vermont artists and include park passes camping gear, gift certificates, boat rentals, and more!

To learn more about our gift packages, and other gift ideas like state park gear, clothing, water bottles, passes, and gift certificates in any amount, visit Vermont State Parks' merchandise page.
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Help the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation Do Better By Filling Out A Survey!

In 2013, the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began an initiative to build a system of continuous improvements with the goal of improving services to the public through more efficient, timely and transparent processes. As part of this effort, DEC is beginning an exercise to evaluate its current public notice and comment processes. Involving our stakeholders and keeping interested groups informed is essential to our work. To offer your ideas about how we could do better, take our survey here.
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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2015 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence. The awards recognize the actions taken by individuals and organizations to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and to promote sustainability. 

Applications are due Feburary 2, 2015 and award winners will be recognized in a ceremony in the spring. For more detail on the application process and previous award winners see: www.eaovt.org or email gary.gulka@state.vt.us
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Check out ecoNEWS VT:

A new resource, ecoNEWS VT, has just been launched. ecoNEWS VT is a news aggregation service bringing the latest in ecological monitoring and research findings from around the state. ecoNEWS VT is delivered as a quarterly email digest of highlighted stories. You can have a look here, or subscribe here.
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