Vermont students are better than average; two Vermont cities are working with other communities throughout New England to help control global climate change; Congressman Peter Welch says he hopes President Bush drops his opposition to expanding a national childrenâ€™s health insurance program; the editor of the Brattleboro Reformer is joining the Douglas administration.
Former Lt. Governor John “Jack” Burgess has died;people spending time outdoors in Vermont this fall are being warned that this is also a peak season for deer ticks; Dan Davis says he intended to serve out his four-year term as Windham County stateâ€™s attorney when he was re-elected last year, but changes in state retirement benefits prompted him to reconsider; about 80 Vermont National Guard engineers are back in the United States after spending almost a year on the ground in Iraq.
A little more than an hour ago, 104 people stood at the Statehouse and became new citizens of the United States; Senator Patrick Leahy is urging Congress to support legislation to delay new passport requirements to 2009; foresters and landowners from around the Northeast are focusing on global climate change at a meeting in Fairlee today and tomorrow; the Caledonian-Record newspaper in St. Johnsbury was burglarized over the weekend.
The warming of the earth could dramatically change the face of Northeast forests.
Vermontâ€™s signature sugar maples could begin to decline gradually crowded out by oaks and other species more common in the south.
Thatâ€™s the challenge for owners of timber stands and the foresters and loggers who manage them.
As VPRâ€™s Ross Sneyd reports, foresters view global warming as both an opportunity and a challenge.
For a year and a half, the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change has been taking its own assessment of global warming. The recommendations aren’t in yet, but it appears that the group will ask for a Department of Climate Change in state government.