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Private landowners in Vermont play an important role in maintaining the states’ forests. Unlike many other states, only 20 percent of Vermont’s forests are owned by business or government—leaving more than 4.5 million acres in private ownership. Depending on the number of acres owned, information on land management practices are found at the Backyard Woods Program and the Vermont Woodlands Association.
Farm Food Waste
GMO Labeling Reduces Opposition to GMOs
Pollution in the Lake
Pollution levels in Lake Champlain are detailed in the recent “2018 State of the Lake” report, from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
Although the polluted areas of the lake have not seen new invasive species since 2014,
phosphorus runoff from farms and streets continues to be an ongoing problem. Toxic cyanobacteria blooms—blue-green algae that thrives in high levels of phosphorus—continues to plague areas like Missisquoi Bay.
Vermont's Kids Counting Rating Drops
Vermont’s ranking in the 2018 Kids Count Data Book
has dropped from 3rd to 8th. Created by the Casey Foundation, the annual report examines variables to determine children’s overall wellbeing. While Vermont has ranked among the top for decades, the most recent data book notes that the state “has things to work on”
—citing low birthweight, lack of high school graduation, and unsatisfactory 4th and 8th grade reading levels, among other elements.
A new study evaluated the recent policy changes
in Cannabis Regulation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and Vermont finding a 75 percent reduction in the rate of youth drug-related arrests.
A recent report
published by Colorado State University’s Institute of Cannabis Research suggests Vermont may be missing out on an economic growth opportunity by not allowing retail sales
. The report estimates that themarijuana industry had a net positive economic impact of more than $35 million
on a Colorado county in 2016—and predicted a 5-year impact of over $100 million
. Read the Denver Post article here
Acupuncture and Chronic Pain
Acupuncture can feasibly treat chronic pain, and is associated with improvements in physical, functional, psycho-emotional, and occupational outcomes, saysnew research by Wake Forest University and Vermont researchers
. Their study was conducted by giving 12 acupuncture treatments to 126 Vermont Medicaid patients with chronic pain and assessing their wellbeing after the sessions.
A late-in-life love connection between two widowed Vermonters comes to life in Mary Kathleen Mehuron’s most recent novel, The Opposite of Never.
With the state’s familiar landmarks as the story’s backdrop, the couple navigate problems all too familiar to Vermont residents
—a harrowing opiate addiction grips the protagonist’s stepdaughter, leading to tests of forgiveness and unconditional love.
Vermont author Reeve Lindbergh returns to her roots in a new memoir elaborating on her life as daughter of the famed
aviators Charles and Anne Lindbergh, Two Lives.
As the title implies, Lindbergh focuses on theduality of her existence
—her hectic, parent-oriented life in the public eye contrasted with her comparatively quiet private life in rural Vermont.