Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, June 8, 2010

Elm trees planted Vt. in hopes of restoration - Boston.com
Three sites in Vermont are part of a project to restore the iconic elm tree to the eastern United States.

The U.S. Forest Service has spent decades searching for wild American elms that are resistant to Dutch elm disease, which killed an estimated 100 million American elm trees in the mid 20th century.

Trees that were propagated in a nursery in Ohio will be planted in Cornwall on Tuesday, Maidstone on Wednesday and Shelburne on Thursday in the first attempt at restoring American elms into natural areas east of the Appalachians.
Free weekend coming at state parks June 12-13: Times Argus Online
The state of Vermont is kicking off summer by waiving fees at state parks this weekend June 12-13.

For the "Vermont Days" celebration, all day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont Historical Society Museum in Barre will be open, at no charge.

For those who want to try angling, Saturday is free fishing day — the one day you can fish in Vermont without a license.

Study shows drop in phosphorus entering Lake Champlain | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
Researchers offered new evidence Monday that human efforts might be starting to reduce polluted runoff to rivers that feed Lake Champlain.

Using new statistical methods, two U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that phosphorus loads decreased slightly in 14 of 18 lake tributaries between 2000 and 2008. Those rivers include Otter Creek and the LaPlatte River, but not the Winooski or Missisquoi rivers, where small increases were detected.
Vermont Forest Damage From Spring Frost Widespread Says ANR | Vermont Daily News
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation reports that tree damage from late-spring frost is widespread in Vermont. Damage has been reported in all corners of the state, from Bennington and Windham Counties in the south to Essex and Franklin Counties in the north.

Large areas of damage are noticeable throughout the Green Mountains, where the most notable damage is to sugar maple. However, many other tree species are affected including birch, red maple, beech, oak, poplar, and ash. Some balsam fir Christmas tree growers have also reported damage to new shoots.
Vt. awards nearly $350,000 in planning grants | ONN.tv
Thirty-eight communities around Vermont will benefit from municipal planning grants awarded by Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.

Grants of up to $15,000 for each community are designed to help local leaders plan for growth and development.

The department’s commissioner, Tayt Brooks, says the grants will help promote economic activity, community development and housing in Vermont’s downtowns and village centers, while protecting the state’s working landscape.