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The red marker is Moose Bog located in the Northeast Kingdom, VT.  The turquoise marker is the  Jericho Research Forest located in Jericho, VT, and the blue marker is the Green Mountain Audubon Center located in Huntington, VT.

The red marker is Moose Bog located in the Northeast Kingdom, VT. The turquoise marker is the Jericho Research Forest located in Jericho, VT, and the blue marker is the Green Mountain Audubon Center located in Huntington, VT.

Each location on the map, seen right, is a potential target by big money coming into Vermont and attempting to develop it.  These locations are a complete package of different types of ecosystems, as well as the purposes in the way the locations are used.  A variety of ecosystem types, all having their own strengths, is what creates a resilient environment.  “Vermonters understand the close ties between the quality of our environment and the quality of our lives, the vigor of our economy, and our health” (Deb Markowitz).

Dedication to strategies to see through to great resilience is a key foundation to achieving that goal.  Projects that are already underway with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources include detection of invasive pests early and responding swiftly to prevent their spread, protection of lakeshore vegetation in order to maintain healthy lake habitats, and reducing forest fragmentation and habitat conversion that could lead to a decrease in resilience of plant and animal populations.  These strategies are important in the three locations indicated on the map in order for them to remain healthy and functioning ecosystems for both wildlife and our communities.