Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Staff Writer | May 28,2014
About 200 people turned out for the meeting in the library of Berlin Elementary School.
The line of people signing in was still long 10 minutes into the planned two-hour hearing in the stuffy library.
The Agency of Natural Resources convened the hearing after the group Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond petitioned the state to restore century-old protections for the pond and ban all human activity on it. The Vermont Supreme Court had determined in 2012 that only the state, not the city of Montpelier, had the authority to regulate use of the pond.
Melissa Perley, the president of Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond, was the first speaker Tuesday evening.
Perley said the group supports responsible hunting, fishing and boating where appropriate. "Our petition is about a small fragile pond that is the sole drinking water source for the city of Montpelier and a section of Berlin." The city's water treatment capability was predicated on no human contact with the water, she said.
"It is also about the dangers that human actions introduce from humans with malicious intent." She said the fact that the water supply serves a capital makes the treatment facility a potential target.
Perley argued that "all water resources don't need to be exploited by humans" and said the petition seeks to protect the water as a refuge for wildlife without human disturbance. There are three dozen bodies of water within a half hour of Berlin Pond that allow full recreation, she said.
She told the ANR it had the opportunity "to say to the citizens of your capital city, the state, the nation and even the world ... that you stand for the cleanest possible drinking water. Make no mistake: Your decision will be seen and have consequences in places reaching far beyond the borders of Berlin, Vermont."
Perley was given thunderous applause and a standing ovation by many.
Another perspective came from Rick Sanborn, of Barre Town, whose appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court over the use of the pond for boating led to the lifting of the restrictions. He said, "I am one of the three people named in the Supreme Court suit, so this is the face behind the name."
He urged the group's petition be denied, saying it was "without merit."
"There is a roadway that goes completely around the pond. It's been there for centuries. Roadways bring motor vehicles," he said, painting a picture that the pond is not as pristine as the petitioners argue.
People also use the area, he said, and dogs are brought in.
"Around the pond we have homes and camps and farms. This is human civilization, and all the noises that go with it. ... Those homes all have septic systems. Where do you think that goes? This is certainly not an area that's undisturbed," argued Sanborn. "And we have the airport, which brings noise from all the small planes going in and out."
He ended his allotted two minutes by saying, "And by the way, that is not pristine water. It is full of poop" from animals including bears and moose that leave droppings in the water.
Rodney Elmer, of Northfield, a hunter education instructor for the state of Vermont, said, "Ethics is a hard thing to try and instill in anyone." He said he has seen people walking onto the land that Montpelier owns around most of the pond, which is posted against trespassing, and said he's told them they shouldn't be doing that.
"We want to keep that water clean. It's at the top of the watershed. ... Bottom line is we're all vulnerable to everything," said Elmer. "This is sort of like two ticks arguing over the dog they're on. ... This is our land, this is our water, this should matter to all of us. Interstate 89 is one million times more of a threat than any canoe or any one person. ... I don't hear a word about that, and that is the biggest threat to all of us."
Montpelier's police chief, mayor, city manager and public works director all spoke in support of the petition, urging that the former restrictions be reinstated to protect the water supply.
The city also has a petition before ANR, seeking restrictions on ice shanties and gas-powered augers, much less restrictive and comprehensive than the restrictions the citizens group sought this winter.
The City Council has lent its support to the Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond petition in a letter to ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz. The Montpelier Conservation Commission has likewise sent a letter of support for the all-encompassing ban on recreational activity on the pond.
Leslie Welts, a staff attorney with the Department of Environmental Conservation, told the crowd Tuesday evening that the department would take public written comments through June 3 at 4:30 p.m.
Comments received will be posted on the DEC website, and the public meeting will be posted in full so people can also listen to it. Several people expressed concern over not being able to hear the proceedings Tuesday evening, and Welts apologized for not bringing sound equipment.
Early in the hearing, one person asked if the agency would consider hosting a second hearing, and Welts said, "That would be out of our usual protocol."
She has said previously that the agency will consider each Berlin Pond petition on its own merits under the Vermont Use of Public Waters Rule and past decisions, but will issue a consolidated decision on whether changes are merited and, if so, what they should be.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that the Berlin Pond is a body
If you want public natural resources kept open to the public you can attend
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Friday, May 16, 2014
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May 16, 2014
RE: Notice of Federation Meeting
VTFSC Delegates & Officers -
Please be advised that there will be a meeting of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs this coming Sunday, 5/18.
The meeting will be held at the Barre Fish & Game Club starting at 10 AM, with this club located on Gun Club Rd in Barre, VT - a map to this facility can be found at this link.
An agenda for this meeting can be found at this link, which will also be available at the meeting.
Chris Bradley, Acting President
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Monday, May 5, 2014
- Wed May 7th and 21st(5pm-7pm)- Intro to Practical Pistol Clinic(FREE); -What you need for gear, rules for IDPA/USPSA/SCSA, and how a match is shot. Classroom stuff and for those that have never shot a match. Bring your holsters and gun(UNLOADED and CASED) and see what you can shoot. No ammo needed. Discounts from Safariland will be available.
- Saturday July 12th, IPDA Safety Officer certification class Cost: FREE to SCFC members and those that want to volunteer to be Club Safety Officer's. Else To be Nationally "IDPA Certified" you must meet their requirements and take the test; $15(SCFC Members) $50(Non-SCFC Member)
- IDPA- SCFC will be a "registered" club for IDPA matches and will be hosting Monthly IDPA matches and mini/practice matches during the weekday evenings.
- USPSA "outlaw/practice" matches, monthly and weekday evenings. registered matches/classifiers(TBD)
- Steel Challenge- TBD once we get our steel targets.
We are looking at running a practice matches(1 field or 1 or 2 "classifier" drill stages) during the week in the evening
Thursday, May 1, 2014
VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE
For Immediate Release: May 1, 2014
Experience Outdoor Fun at Annual Family Camping Weekend
Groton, Vt – The deadline for the 17th annual "Becoming an Outdoor Family Weekend," is May 15. The program gives families an opportunity to reconnect as they explore the outdoors and sample new activities such as geocaching, orienteering, canoeing or nature photography.
The event will take place May 30 - June 1 at Stillwater State Park in Groton and is open to all families. It is geared to those new to camping or spending time outdoors. It is sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. To register go to www.uvm.edu/extension/outdoorfamily.
The $175 fee covers up to eight people the campsite, all classes, instruction and most equipment. It also provides full access to all of the state park's facilities, including free rental of canoes and kayaks. New this year is a free, optional Sunday night stay for families interested in extending their weekend.
In addition to free time to enjoy the lake, hiking trails and other park amenities, each camper may sign up for three classes, choosing from more than three dozen options. Offerings include beginning mountain biking, basic firearm safety, outdoor wild game cooking, native wildlife and plants, various shooting sports, trail running, introduction to archery, advance kayaking, raptors in our backyard and wilderness survival, along with numerous other choices.
Among the activities offered for the first time this year are fly fishing, skeet shotgun, bat house construction, duck decoy head painting, making a walking stick and a competition shoot. New environmental education classes for younger kids include a forest scavenger hunt and a session on exploring sounds in nature.
On Saturday afternoon staff from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum in Marlboro will present a program on raptors with live owls and hawks and touchable artifacts. The weekend also features a bottle rocket making station and evening bottle rocket launch and a community potluck supper with hamburgers and hot dogs. Families are asked to bring a dish to share.
Returning families who encourage a new family to register for the weekend will be entered in the Refer-a-Family drawing for a free weekend stay at any Vermont State Park, courtesy of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Complete details can be found in the registration booklet.
For questions about the weekend, contact Debbie Fajans, UVM Extension youth and family specialist, at (802) 257-7967, ext. 306, or (800) 278-5480 (Vermont calls only) or e-mail email@example.com.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Information and Outreach
Davis 2 Building, 1 National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620