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Conservation Easement Statutes
Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 10 §6301 et seq. provides for the state’s conservation easement statutes that authorize the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Forest Legacy Program
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation’s Lands Administration Division administers the state’s Forest Legacy Program.  The program is intended to protect forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses through fee simple title or conservation easement purchases.

Ms. Kate Willard
Vermont Dept Forests, Parks & Recreation
103 South Main St
Waterbury, Vermont  05671-0601
(802) 241-3697

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Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 10 §301 et seq.) makes loans and grants to non-profit organizations, municipalities and state agencies for the acquisition of land and for the purchase of conservation easements. All conservation projects are protected in perpetuity by conservation easements recorded in the land records which stay with the land upon resale. The conservation easements are co-held by the applicant organization or a sponsoring organization, the Board, and, in the case of farmland conservation projects, by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  Program areas include: farmland preservation; conservation of natural areas, recreational land, and historic properties; conservation of land or historic resources of statewide significance; and local conservation.

Ms. Karen Freeman, Conservation Director 
58 East State Street 
Montpelier, Vermont 05602 
(802) 828-5066

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Vermont Military Department

The Military Property and Installations Office is part of the Vermont Military Department.  The mission statement of the Office: 

•  Plan, construct, operate and maintain the maintenance, logistical and administrative facilities in support of the Army and National Guard in Vermont. 
•  Provide land area and facilities to insure units and individuals can meet and maintain pre-mobilization training standards established by the National Guard Bureau and the Department of the Army. 
•  Provide hazardous waste management, hazardous waste minimization, safe drinking water and recycling services to the Vermont National Guard. 
•  Provide land management activities to ensure adequate training areas for the future, as well a conservation of the natural resources on those training lands. 

The mission of the Military Department is to provide support to the Vermont National Guard in providing quality-training opportunities for its soldiers. Part of that mission includes sound management of the natural resources in these areas for continued training opportunities for the future.  In addition, the Military Department focuses on Cultural Resources, Pollution Prevention and Facilities Management. 

Ms. Betsy Flint, Administrative Assistant B
Camp Johnson – Building 5
789 Vermont National Guard Road
Colchester, Vermont 05446 
(802) 338-3302

Ms. Suzette Bourdeau, Program Services Clerk
(802) 338-3329

Captain Christopher Gookin, Public Affairs Officer 
Vermont National Guard 
(802) 338-3000

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Light Pollution/ Dark Night Skies

Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 10 § 591 establishes the Outdoor Lighting Advisory Board. Directs the Board to develop and make available performance-based, outdoor lighting guidelines, in a format that will be informative to the general public and usable by municipalities, regional planning commissions, architects and designers, commercial interests, and the general public. States that the purpose for the outdoor lighting guidelines is to minimize sky glow, light pollution, energy waste, light trespass, and glare.

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State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Mr. Louis Porter, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs
Office of the Governor
109 State Street, Pavilion 
Montpelier, Vermont 05609
(802) 828-3333

Adjutant General
Major General Steven Cray, Adjutant General
Green Mountain Armory, Camp Johnson
Colchester VT 05446
(802) 338-3124 (802) 338-3425 fax

Ms. Susan Slay, Executive Assistant
(802) 338-3124

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
Jurisdiction over military affairs issues is distributed across multiple committees in the Vermont State Senate and House of Representatives.  However, legislation addressing military issues has been referred to the Senate Committees on Institutions; Appropriations; Education; and Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  On the House side, the Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs holds primary jurisdiction.  The Legislature relies on the office of the Adjutant General to represent the military in matters before the overseeing Committees.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Institutions
Senator Peg Flory, Chair
3011 U.S. Route 7
Pittsford, VT 05763
(802) 483-6854

Senate Committee on Appropriations
Senator Jane Kitchel, Chair
81 Walden Hill Road
Post Office Box 82
Danville, Vermont 05828
(802) 684-348

Senate Committee on Education
Senator Dick McCormack, Chair
127 Cleveland Brook Rd.
Bethel, VT 05032
(802) 234-5497

Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
Senator Kevin Mullin, Chair
118 Ox Yoke Drive
Rutland, Vermont 05701
(802) 775-7631

House Committee on General, Housing & Military Affairs
Representative Helen Head, Chair
65 East Terrace 
South Burlington, Vermont  05403
(802) 862-2267