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VNRC, Fish & Wildlife Report – A Decade of Progress: Wildlife Considerations in Local Planning

first_imgVermonters overwhelmingly want to conserve wildlife habitat such as deeryards, trout streams, and bear habitat. Cities and towns have made noticeable strides in improving attention to wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation, and nearly every municipality recognizes wildlife habitat as an important local resource, according to a recent report issued by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. The report, Wildlife Considerations in Local Planning ‘ An Evaluation of a Decade of Progress in Vermont, was based on a detailed assessment of all municipal plans and related zoning bylaws and subdivision regulations adopted by Vermont communities. About VNRCThe Vermont Natural Resources Council is an independent, member-based, nonprofit research, education, and advocacy organization founded in 1963 to protect Vermont’s environment, economy, and quality of life. The report is the result of months of detailed, technical, and comprehensive review of 248 town plans, 219 municipal zoning regulations, 204 zoning bylaws, and 137 subdivision regulations. The report compared results from a similar study performed ten years ago, and offers specific findings and recommendations.A summary of the report findings are provided below: ‘Community outreach and technical assistance for land use planning is a priority for us,’ said John Austin a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. ‘This report affirms the many benefits of the Department’s Community Wildlife Program and technical assistance from organizations like Regional Planning Commissions and non-profits like Vermont Natural Resources Council and others,’ Austin added.  Subdivision regulations are an increasingly important tool for conserving habitat:Of the 133 subdivision regulations reviewed, 89% include planning standards, 46% of which mention wildlife habitat.51% of municipalities in Vermont have subdivision regulations; however only 8% of these municipalities include a specific definition of wildlife habitat in these regulations. In light of these positive findings, the authors found there is a noticeable disconnect between what wildlife values Vermonters say they want to conserve and the actual implementation of those goals in zoning and subdivision regulations. The report recommends that the state and others continue to help communities bridge the gap between their planning vision and the implementation of that vision. In addition, the report suggests that municipalities need to pay more attention to specific concepts that affect  wildlife and habitat conservation, such as habitat fragmentation, habitat connectivity, invasive species, and climate change.  The information highlights the importance of wildlife and land to Vermonters and draws a connection to the myriad of interests including hunters, anglers, trappers, hikers, bird watchers, local schools, and many more. The report demonstrates that towns overwhelmingly recognize the public benefits of wildlife habitat. Over the past decade, municipalities have made many gains in mapping and recommending protection of wildlife habitat in municipal plans. The report credits the work of the Fish and Wildlife Department and technical assistance providers in increasing the availability of resources for towns. According to VNRC and the Fish and Wildlife Department, there needs to be a shift from planning to implementation over the next 10 years. ‘There is a huge need for more technical assistance as we shift towards implementation given that decisions are made at a local level by volunteers on planning commissions and development review boards,’ said Brian Shupe, Deputy Director of VNRC. Vermont relies heavily on local government for land use planning. For instance, according to an in-depth review of subdivision activity in eight towns conducted by VNRC, just five of 380 subdivision proposals were subject to Act 250 jurisdiction.center_img While most towns  recommend the conservation of wildlife habitat in their municipal plans, the report documents a significant lag between plan recommendations and actual implementation of binding standards in local bylaws. Municipalities have improved attention to wildlife conservation through land use plans:Ninety-nine percent of municipal plans identify wildlife habitat as an important resource.Ninety-nine percent of municipal plans identify some form of habitat or wildlife feature (an increase of 8% from 2000).Ninety-one percent of town plans include mapped data (up from 52% in 2000.)Eighty-seven percent of all municipal plans recommend the protection of wildlife habitat.Eighty-six percent of plans include some form of natural resource inventory data (up 11% from 2000.)Eighty-three percent of municipal plans note public benefits associated with wildlife habitat (up from 62% in 2000).Only half of municipal plans identify the effect of habitat fragmentation on wildlife habitat (42% note the importance of habitat connectivity and travel corridors)Just two percent identify the importance and/or relevance of climate change effects on wildlife habitat To read the report and its recommendations go to either the VNRC’s website (VNRC.org) or the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website (vtfishandwildlife.com). ‘Over the past several years, more and more Vermonters, through their town plans, have clearly and repeatedly said, ‘our wildlife heritage is important’ ‘ now there is a need for on-the-ground work to assure those values are reflected in specific municipal policies,’ said Jamey Fidel, VNRC’s general counsel and forest and biodiversity program director. ‘This is especially true in light of Vermont Supreme Court guidance that instructs that towns must be very specific with natural resource and wildlife habitat conservation and protection policies,’ added Fidel.  Local zoning lags behind municipal plans·   ·         A small percentage of the zoning bylaws reviewed contain conditional use standards or site plan requirements that mention wildlife habitat or specific wildlife related considerations.Of the 211 zoning bylaws reviewed, 88% include conditional use standards, but only 17% of these standards mention wildlife habitat.75% of zoning bylaws include site plan requirements, but only 18% of these standards mention wildlife habitat.51% include some form of conservation district (49% of which mention wildlife habitat).39% include explicit riparian buffers (the average buffer width was 42 feet)22% include a forest reserve district (40% of which specifically mention wildlife habitat).2% of the municipalities include a specific definition of ‘wildlife habitat’ in their zoning bylaws.1% of the municipalities (3 municipalities) include a wildlife habitat overlay district. ‘Decisions about the long-term health of the state’s wildlife habitat lie largely in the hands of local boards, commissions and private landowners, who meet in our town halls and school cafeterias,’ said Jens Hawkins-Hilke, a conservation planning biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. ‘These very busy and committed volunteers have day jobs, families, and in many cases need additional technical assistance to implement their town’s vision for its wildlife.’   About the Vt Fish and Wildlife DepartmentThe MISSION of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.  www.vtfishandwildlife.com(link is external)last_img read more

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Scudamore to undergo heart surgery

first_img The operation, which has been some months in the planning, is to repair “genetically defective valves” and will keep him out of the office until the end of July. Scudamore informed the chairmen of the 20 top-flight clubs of the operation at their summer meeting. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is to undergo heart surgery next week, it has been announced. The Premier League said in a statement: “The Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, today informed member clubs that he will be undergoing a routine heart operation to correct genetically defective valves. “The operation has been planned for some months and has been timed to minimise the impact on the running and decision making capability of the Premier League. “Richard will undergo surgery the week commencing 9 June and expects to be playing an active role in the functions of the Premier League soon after, albeit remotely. He will return to the office at the end of July, in time for the build up to the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season. “Both the clubs and the Premier League staff wish him a successful operation and a speedy recovery.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Metro Office & Stationery Supplies to sponsor $1M first prize for Kennard’s Memorial Boxing Day horserace meet

first_imgMETRO Stationery and Office Supplies will sponsor the $1M first prize money for the feature event of the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club’s Annual Boxing Day horserace meet set for December 26.The much-anticipated meet will be held at the Club’s facility,, Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice and begins at 13:00hrs with seven events on the day’s card.The feature event is open to horses classified B2 and Lower over a distance of nine furlongs and to date, most of the country’s top animals have already been registered, including the unbeaten America-bred Vera’s Finally who recently won the feature Guyana Cup event.Other horses registered for this event include Just call Me Boss, Lady Budapest, Honey Flo, Golden Blue Echo, Brave Sky and Goodwill Boy.According to the programme’s coordinator Justice Cecil Kennard, the racing facility is in immaculate condition and turfites can expect a very exciting day of horseracing.The second-, third- and fourth-place finishers for the feature event will be rewarded with $500 000, $250 000 and $125 000 respectively.There will also be two races, each over five, six and seven furlongs with three-year-old Guyana-bred animals seeking to claim the $230 000 first prize. The second- to fourth-place finishers will receive $110 000, $55 000 and $27 000 in that order.The other six-furlong race is open to horses classified `J3 and `K’ and Lower with a first prize of $180 000. The second-place horse will earn $90 000, while the third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $45 000 and $22 000 respectively.Animals classified `L’ Open will battle over five furlongs for a first prize worth $150 000. The second- to fourth-place finishers will pocket $75 000, $38 000 and $19 000 respectively.The other five-furlong race is for horses classified `L’ non-winners and the winning stable will receive $130 000, while the second-place finisher will receive $60 000. The third- and fourth-place finishers will take home $30 000 and $15 000 respectively.The two seven-furlong races are open to horses classified `F’ and Lower, `H’ and Lower; the `FD’ and Lower animals will compete for the $350 000 first prize. The second- to fourth-place finishers will ,take home $175 000, $88 000 and $44 000 in that order, while the race for `H’ and Lower horses will carry a first prize worth $280 000.The second-place finisher will win $140 000, while the third- and fourth-place finishers will earn $70 000 and $35 000 respectively.These races will be conducted under the Rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) and interested owners/trainers and handlers can call the following persons for more information: Ivan Dipnarine (331-0316), Justice Kennard (623-7609 or 235-4818), Fazal Habibulla (657-7010) or Dennis Deroop (640-6396).last_img
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