Archives for April 12, 2015

House Bill Would Give Land Trusts Power Over Private Forestlands

Unsus­pect­ing prop­er­ty own­ers may find them­selves on the out­side look­ing in A seem­ing­ly innocu­ous, bipar­ti­san House bill intro­duced in late March could sub­ject unsus­pect­ing landown­ers to the whims of pow­er-hun­­gry envi­ron­men­tal groups, eager to usurp the prop­er­ty rights of those who fall into their clutch­es. At risk are own­ers of pri­vate forest­lands, who may soon […]

Shakeup at Virginia Land Trust Makes Waves

Now the fox is in charge of the hen­house! The abrupt depar­ture of a high-rank­ing offi­cial from the Pied­mont Envi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil (PEC) is fuel­ing spec­u­la­tion that the con­tro­ver­sial land trust is feel­ing the heat from rev­e­la­tions of its trans­gres­sions against a Vir­ginia farmer. Heather Richards joined the PEC in Sep­tem­ber 2006, ini­tial­ly serv­ing as direc­tor […]

Windham County Districts Revolt Against School Consolidation in Vermont

A back­lash over statewide school con­sol­i­da­tion is under way in Ver­mont as mem­bers of the Wind­ham South­east Super­vi­so­ry Union Board sent a let­ter to state offi­cials this week express­ing unit­ed oppo­si­tion to H.361. At a full meet­ing of the Board Tues­day night, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all six school boards in the super­vi­so­ry union vot­ed in favor of a state­ment crit­i­cal […]

Contract Extension Could Leave Landowners Flapping in the Breeze

Crit­ics say a pro­posed leg­isla­tive fix vio­lates the spir­it of the law against spe­cial leg­is­la­tion for cor­po­ra­tions and under­cuts options for landown­ers who may rethink their involve­ment with wind devel­op­ers. The con­tro­ver­sy focus­es on the 82-megawatt Black Oak wind farm — on the draw­ing board in Stearns Coun­ty since 2008. State law requires that wind ener­gy projects […]

Using the Global Warming Hoax to Destroy America

When Pres­i­dent Oba­ma announced on March 31 that he intends to ensure that the U.S. will slash its “green­house gas emis­sions” 26% below 2005 emis­sions lev­els by 2025 in order to keep pledges made to ful­fill the U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change, he failed to men­tion that such lev­els would be com­pa­ra­ble to what […]