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Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

How can you forget The Nature Con$ervancy??

TNC is a billion (with a B) dollar business with about 30 executives paid over $300,000, including the CEO ex Goldman Sachs exec Mark Tercek making $822,000 at this "non-profit", See pages 1, & 90 to 93:…

Even worse, the actions of this "Wrong kind of Green" big business sadly indicate they are more interested in "going along to get along" to support such big salaries rather than protecting the environment. See:

They should lose their tax exempt status.

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Posted by Chris M on 06/21/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Vermont Plans to Step Up Logging on Public Land Around Camel's Hump

The chainsaws are coming for Green Mountain National Forest too, with a vengeance.

In just this one plan, for an area that represents 15% of Green Mountain National Forest, the plan is for logging, including clearcutting, on 9360 acres within an area of 59,400 acres in a 5 to 7 year period! That is extremely aggressive, crazy even, and all of course to "help" nature. See page 13 here:…

In perfect Orwellian fashion, they are no longer cutting the forest, they are now making "vegetation treatments".

To see what that type of logging would look like, see recent similar type of cutting in White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire at this link below.

Of course many other areas in Green Mountain National Forest will be on the cutting block also.

Wake up Vermont before it is too late, and protect your golden goose forests.

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Posted by Chris M on 04/11/2018 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Vermont Plans to Step Up Logging on Public Land Around Camel's Hump

Dont drink the Koolaid.

Governor Scott's Agency of Natural Resources (the ones blocking efforts to clean up Lake Champlain) do not propose more logging at Vermont State Parks to 'help" the forests, they do so to let private interests cash in on the exploitation of the public treasure.

Why is there even any commercial logging in a State Park? Isn't a park supposed to be a refuge from commercial pressures? Even West Virginia just blocked efforts to log its State parks.

Laughable claims by vested interests that more logging is done to help nature are the standard propaganda used by industry and their government lackeys to confuse the public. See:…

For more about the Camel's hump plan see:…

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Posted by Chris M on 04/11/2018 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Committee Seeks Answers on Clean Water Delays

Thanks for the detailed reporting.

Is anyone really surprised that a politician, particularly the Republican breed, would put the interest of his business pals ahead of the interests of the public by wrecking the environment we all depend upon for life?

Governor Scott also plans to more then triple the forest cutting at Camels Hump State Park:…

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Posted by Chris M on 04/05/2018 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Ben & Jerry's Vows to Better Conditions for Migrant Workers

Now, how about getting rid of those pesticides in Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream by going organic?…

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Posted by Chris M on 10/04/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Walters: Environmentalists Object to Scott Climate Panel Choice

That corporate modeled environmentalists like VPIRG and VNRC (who want to industrialize the few remaining pristine natural areas), are objecting to Annette Smith, (a reliable advocate of the environment ( who fights to protect the few remaining pristine natural areas) tells us all we need to know about VPIRGs and VNRCs lack of commitment to genuinely protecting our environment, and their unfortunate willingness to join in the morally bankrupt chorus calling for yet more sacrifice of the natural world on the pathological alter of growth to infinity (and beyond!)

I heartily believe in switching to a more benign and genuinely clean and renewable energy supply, but thank you Annette for your reminder of what environmentalists are supposed to be, advocates for the environment, not enablers of gluttonous lifestyles and greenwashers pushing any commercial interest that brands itself as renewable energy even if it does more harm than good to the natural world.

The see no evil, hear no evil mentality about so-called "renewable" energy such as industrial wind towers on pristine ridgelines is the same feel good delusion that promotes burning trees (aka, biomass such as at McNeil), as renewable energy to "help" the climate when in fact this form of energy is even more carbon intense than burning fossil fuels (and yes that includes accounting for forest growth) and is also even dirtier for conventional pollutants. Unfortunately, many people in Vermont have good "green" intentions, but they also are wearing some huge "green" blinders.

It is time to listen to people like Annette who wants to put the genuine health of humans and the natural world ahead of our delusional wishful thinking in pursuit of egotistical and infinite personal goals, because if we dont, we wont have any environment left to save.

Chris Matera PE
Massachusetts Forest Watch

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Posted by Chris M on 08/11/2017 at 9:17 AM

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