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For over two decades, critical public funding administered through the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB)—combined with matching federal funding, and local and private investment—has led to the development of perpetually affordable housing and the conservation of productive farmland, recreational land, natural areas, and historic properties.
VHCB is one of the most successful programs in Vermont's history and is viewed as a national model.
Our protected working lands and our natural areas are the foundation of both Vermont's economy and environment. Right now, more than ever, Vermont cannot afford to let up in protecting our most valuable public assets—our farms and forests.
Why is Public Funding for Conservation Essential to Vermont's Future? Keep reading or jump to the following sections or watch the video below:
• Farms: Protecting family farms creates jobs and fuels our agricultural economy
• Forests: Conservation supports our forest economy
• Water: Conservation is an investment in water quality and our public health
• Energy: Conservation is key to good energy policy
If a farm is put up for sale and it is not protected through conservation it will likely be sold to a developer and then it is gone, forever.
Vermont's working forests are becoming fragmented: large tracts are being divided into smaller parcels, which interferes with our forest economy and wildlife habitat.
A 2007 UVM study highlighted the need for farmland conservation to protect Lake Champlain water quality. The study found that the conversion of farmland to housing endangers Lake Champlain because acre for acre much more phosphorous runs off streets, parking lots, and suburban lawns than off farmland. Construction of expensive sewage treatment facilities is only part of the solution according to the researchers. The answer is to invest in farmland conservation.
Vermont's energy future and economic future are inextricably linked. Many Vermont farmers are at the forefront of devising new methods for creating on-farm energy through methane digesters, wind turbines, and biofuels. By protecting working farms and forests we are creating options for future energy independence and a stronger economy.
Nine out of 10 Vermonters are concerned about increasing pressure to convert open land to residential, commercial or other development, according to a 2008 Council on the Future of Vermont and UVM's Center for Rural Studies, which polled over 600 Vermonters.
The survey also showed that over 97 percent of Vermonters place the greatest overall value on the state's working landscape and heritage.
The conservation of more than 700 farms and thousands of acres of forestland have clearly supported our economy. Continued strategic conservation investments will produce the best economic stimulus—for today and for the long-term benefit of our state. No economic development strategy is complete without conservation and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
When the opportunity to protect land comes along and it is not taken, the chance may never come again
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