Keeping Vermont Green

There’s a reason many people associate Vermont with the color green. Despite being one of the smaller states, Vermont is home to thousands of acres of natural forests, mountains, and waterways. While population in the state is increasing, it is important to protect the natural aspects of our state. Places like Moose Bog, Potash Brook, and the Green Mountains are only a few of the areas that need to be protected. Each of these sites lend their hand in keeping Vermont green by providing ecosystem services for humans and habitats for animals. In order to continue this trend, we all should work towards preserving what we have and conserving what we need.

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The Beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

When talking of an environment’s resiliency, biodiversity is a key element. Simply put, the higher an ecosystem’s biodiversity, the higher its resilience. This is due to the stability that having a variety of species creates. Since each member of an ecosystem depends on the other members to support its lifestyle, it is best to have many supporters.

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There are many strategies when attempting to enhance resilience in Vermont. Strategies can be simple; such as not transporting firewood long distance, as this can spread or introduce invasive species. Even planting trees helps. Strategies also look large scale, showing how changing climates are affecting forest composition and threatening forest health. Things such as conserving electricity help curb climate change and help preserve our ecosystems. However, the best strategies “retain forest size and maintain a high level of diversity in the species and ages of trees.” (McKearnan 16)

This tactic helps the forest as a whole by conserving the habitat of the organisms living in the ecosystem. Reducing development is one way to achieve this goal, as human development can destroy or disturb habitats.  Action is necessary in any strategy; without people taking action, progress is hard to make.

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Birds live here

A bog, a forest, and a brook. These three ecosystems have vastly different compositions, yet they all work towards making Vermont a resilient and diverse environment. Each ecosystem holds services and habitats that contribute to Vermont. Some are unique, such as the acidic environment that Moose Bog provides, and others are provided by all three ecosystems, such as carbon sequestration. By providing an overlapping array of habitats and services, these ecosystems make Vermont a healthy ecosystem.

In order to protect this ecosystem, conservation of these areas is the wise path. Click the links for more information on how Moose Bog, the Green Mountians, and Potash Brook keep Vermont healthy.

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