The Science Edition
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Greetings from
Secretary Julie Moore

In the year I’ve spent at ANR, one of my favorite moments came at a meeting of the Endangered Species Committee, an advisory group made up of academics, working professionals and scientists who volunteer their time to help inform the Agency’s actions.

One of the Species Advisory Group chairs was describing his research to look for emerald ash borers - an exotic beetle that has been decimating ash trees in many states across the country but, thankfully, has not yet been spotted here in Vermont.

As he explained, colleagues had identified a species of wasps that seemed to feed solely on emerald beetles, and that, because they like hard-packed sand for their nesting sites, these wasps are often found in baseball infields. He’d gathered a cadre of citizen and professional scientists that had spent time observing the wasps returning to their nests. The team collected every third or fourth beetle that the wasps returned with. To date, they haven’t found any emerald ash borers, but have found and identified more than THIRTY different species of emerald beetles.

To me this story was incredible on so many levels – first, that there are more than 30 different species of emerald beetles in Vermont; second, that someone had taken the time to figure out there are wasps (who like to nest in baseball infields) that rely solely on emerald beetles as their mainstay; and third, that there are so many Vermonters willing to volunteer their time to collect and identify emerald beetles from the wasps carrying these beetles back to their nests.

I think each part of this story is more incredible than the last! To me it proves beyond a doubt that science is alive and well here at the Agency of Natural Resources, in our strong academic communities and in a veritable army of concerned Vermont citizens. 

I hope you enjoy this issue of our newsletter which features more stories of the fabulous scientific works from those who I feel fortunate to call my colleagues.

-- Julie Moore, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources
Science across the agency

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Partner Highlight: The Nature Conservancy's Water Quality Blueprint Helps Vermont Grow Clean Water
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Forest Economy Meeting
All meetings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  • December 11th - Island Pond Welcome Center, 11 Birch Street, Island Pond 
  • December 13th – Nortrax, 300 Clinton Street, Springfield
  • December 14th – Vermont Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conference Room, 111 West Street, Essex
  • December 15th – USDA Forest Service Office Conference Room, 231 North Main Street, Rutland

Volkswagen Settlement Funds Public Input Meeting
  • December 13th, 10:30 AM - Montpelier Room, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, Montpelier

Understanding Vermont's Moose Population Meeting
All meetings from 6:30-8:30 PM
  • December 13th - Northwoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Dr, Island Pond
  • December 14th – Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive
  • December 19th – Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center Theater, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock

Mammals of Vermont's Changing Landscape
  • December 5th, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Enosburg Middle/High School Library, 65 Dickinson Ave, Enosburg Falls

The American Marten: Natural History and Monitoring
  • December 11th, 11:00 AM - The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections, 5700 VT Rt. 100, Londonderry

Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference
  • December 15th - University of Vermont

Northeastern Geological Society of America Meeting
  • March 18-20th - Burlington

Northeast Natural History Conference
  • April 13-15th - Burlington

74 th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference
  • April 15-17th - Burlington