Protecting Vermont’s Natural Beauty

Report recommends “action steps” for working landscape

by Anne Galloway on December 11, 2010

At the daylong summit on “The Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape,” panelists discussed what practical steps the state can take to support Vermont’s loggers, farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs. (The event was dominated by the latter — conventional dairy farmers and loggers were in the minority.)

Paul Costello, executive director of VCRD, presented five action steps at the conference – including the creation of an Agriculture and Forest Products Development Corporation and a voluntary “working landscape” designation that would set up incentives for conserving land and penalties for development.

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