Monday, August 30, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, August 30, 2010

The Nature Conservancy’s Vermont chapter has been buying up land across the state — 183,000 acres and growing | The Burlington Free Press
You might be surprised that some of the outdoorsy Vermont spots you know well look the way they do because of the Nature Conservancy’s Vermont chapter: the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Bomoseen and Kingsland Bay state parks. Dorset Bat Cave Natural Area. Shelburne Bay Park. And that 63-acre patch of forest in Charlotte known as Williams Woods

The Nature Conservancy’s Vermont chapter is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, having protected 450 tracts and 54 natural areas comprising about 183,000 acres across the state.

The plan for the next 50 years? Acquiring more land.
NH man indicted on hazardous waste charge | WCAX.COM
A federal grand jury has indicted the head of a Franklin, N.H., foundry on charges he illegally stored hazardous waste at the plant.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas (KA' kav us) said John Wiehl, 63, of Franklin runs Franklin Non-Ferrous Foundry Inc. Kacavas said the indictment alleges that the foundry has not shipped hazardous waste from the site since 2005. The indictment alleges the materials have been stored on the property under Wiehl's direction.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service accepts bequeathed Vermont land | The Burlington Free Press
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its intentions to accept a sprawling tract of lakeshore on Lake Memphremagog in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom left to the government in a philanthropist's will. Michael Dunn bequeathed 480 acres and a mile of undeveloped shoreline -- known as Eagle Point -- when he died in 2007, and the federal government faced Sept. 1 to claim the gift or lose it to private interests. Eagle Point's acres would sell for millions, but Dunn left them as a gift to the U.S. and Canadian governments. The transplanted Montrealer owned nearly 900 acres straddling the border on Memphremagog's eastern shore and lived there year-round.
Protection urged for Bicknell’s thrush | The Burlington Free Press
The Bicknell’s thrush, a seldom-seen denizen of Vermont’s mountaintops, could be driven to extinction by climate change and therefore deserves protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group argued last week.

The Vermont office of the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Interior Department to list the songbird, citing evidence that global warming will displace the mountaintop balsam fir habitat where the thrush nests and raises its young.

“Under a high greenhouse gas emissions scenario, suitable spruce/fir habitat vanishes from the Northeast,” Mollie Matteson of Richmond argued in her petition.