Legislative Updates and More

Dear Members and Friends:

The following information lists the dates of the upcoming Public Meetings by the Vermont Lake Shoreland Protection Commission. The location of the Addison County Meeting has yet to be determined. However, we can now mark our calendars for Aug. 22 for the Rutland County Meeting and Sept. 19 for the Addison County Meeting. We will let you know once the location of the Addison County Meeting is announced.

VERMONT STATE LEGISLATURE
LAKE SHORELAND PROTECTION COMMISSION

https://leg2.vermont.gov/sites/legislature/LSP/default.aspx

Lake Shoreland Protection Commission:
Representative David L. Deen
Senator Peter W. Galbraith
Senator Robert M. Hartwell
Senator Mark A. MacDonald
Representative Jim McCullough
Senator John Rodgers
Senator Diane Snelling
Representative Kate Webb

Announcements: Public Meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Kehoe Conservation Camp, Lake Bomoseen, Rutland County, VT.

The Addison County Public Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19, 2013 with time and location to be announced. Please follow the link above for any updates from the Commission.

Edgewater Social: Aug. 17, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Edgewater Gallery, 1 Mill Street, Middlebury. If you are an artist or craftsman interested in submitting work for the show please contact Sue Potter at suepotter95@aol.com or Justine Jackson at Justine@edgewatergallery-vt.com or by telephone at 802-458-0098. This will be an outstanding evening featuring the art of our lake artists and others who share the love of our lakes. An evening of art, music, wine and hors d’oeuvres is in store for our members and their guests, all free of charge. The show’s theme this year is simply “Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Show” and can therefore include subjects other than lake themes. This year 10% of the proceeds of art sales submitted by lake artists will be donated to the Association, so all the more reason to participate and attend! We have just been informed by the Gallery that on Aug. 17, 10% of all sales at the Gallery, of any item, will be donated to the LDFLA Capital Campaign.

Auction News: Aug. 25, 1:00 PM. The auction will be held as a “silent auction” at this year’s Membership Picnic on Aug. 25 at 1 PM. Donations of goods and services are now being sought. Please help make this auction as fun and successful as our past auctions. The auction represents a large part of our annual fundraising efforts and all donations will be greatly appreciated. Volunteers to help solicit items and setup the auction are needed. Please contact Stephanie at: sbfoley@middlaw.com or telephone 352-4587 to donate an item or volunteer to help.

Membership Picnic: Aug. 25, 1:00 PM at camp Songadeewin of Keewaydin. A great get together with food, beverages, and entertainment at no charge to members and their houseguests. More details are coming soon.

Also of interest:

Lake Wise Program: Take advantage of free technical assistance through the Lake Wise Program and have your shoreland property assessed for controlling runoff and preventing erosion. The Lake Wise Program offers solutions – Best Management Practices – for managing shoreland property and making it lake-friendly for all. The landowners themselves can do most of the property improvements.

Lake Wise is a Vermont Agency of Natural Resources program offering free site visits and evaluation. A site evaluation can be scheduled for any interested landowner. Each site evaluation takes an hour and a half or two hours. Property is looked at in terms of four categories: driveways and parking, structures and septic management, recreation areas, and shoreline. If there are potential impacts on the lake from runoff, erosion or other causes, low-cost/maintenance landscaping solutions can be discussed. This is a free, no further obligation program being offered this summer by the ANR. Contact Sue Potter at suepotter95@aol.com if you would like further information or wish to schedule a site visit.

Forest Pest Survey, Branbury State Park, August 3, 2013 9am-1:30PM
Help save the trees by learning how to identify some forest pests that are coming our way! Volunteer your time and learn how to detect these pests at Branbury State Park. Free entry for the day to all who participate in the event.

Schedule:
9:00 AM: Meet and greet at Nature Center 9:15 AM: Meet the pests (Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, and others)
11:15 AM: Discussion and Questions over lunch (bring your own brown bag)
12:00 PM: Participate in surveying the trees in Branbury and along the Trail (If you wish to survey the trail bring hiking shoes and water, trail is rocky in spots and may be wet and slippery)
1:30 PM: Campfire Chat and Wrap up with Smore’s

Location:
Branbury State Park
3570 Lake Dunmore Road
Salisbury VT, 05769
(802)247-5925
Sponsored by: Vermont Invasives · 617 Comstock Rd · Berlin, VT 05602 caitlin.cusack@uvm.edu

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