New resource to protect public assets

first_imgThe line of mountains that etches across the sky in northern Vermont forms some of the most iconic images of our state. Mount Mansfield is part of the Vermont crest and Camel’s Hump is featured on our state quarter. These mountains are more than a scenic backdrop. They are key to the character of Vermont and a mainstay for tourism, one of our largest industries. But what happens when buildings go up along scenic roadways that obscure these views for the general public? What can we do to protect these assets? Views to the Mountain: A Scenic Resource Manual, just published for the towns of Essex and Jericho by Smart Growth Vermont, details a scenic assessment process and provides solutions towns can adopt.The towns of Essex and Jericho joined forces to address these issues by performing a comprehensive scenic assessment of their roads. The Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission assisted with mapping and data analysis. Based on the information they gained, and recommendations for bylaw language and scenic overlay districts provided by Smart Growth Vermont, the towns have put the platform in place to protect their scenic views for future generations.‘This is groundbreaking work for the protection of scenic viewsheds in Essex and Jericho,’ said Essex Community Development Director Dana Farley. ‘The views to Mount Mansfield are emphasized in both towns, but the data collection and photo-inventory captured many features typical to roadside scenery across Vermont. The manual can be model for all our communities.’ The assessment, bylaw language and solutions for everything from parking to recommended siding and roof colors have been pulled together into which can be downloaded from the Smart Growth Vermont website.Smart Growth Vermont is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to forging growth and conservation solutions for Vermont communities and working rural lands. We work both on-the-ground in communities and at the state level to help develop and implement land use legislation designed to foster growth that works to strengthen our downtowns and village centers while conserving our working landscape and open areas. For more information, please visit Smart Growth Vermont’s website at www.smartgrowthvermont.org(link is external).###last_img read more

300 trees will be felled for Panaad stadium rehab

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Daniel Andrew Go Via Metro Bacolod and Negros Occidental Construction Boom Facebook In fact, said Lacson, this of tree isbeing removed in South Africa because of the plant’s huge water consumption. BACOLOD City – Around 300 Eucalyptustrees will be felled when the Panaad Park and Stadium in this city’s BarangayMansilingan will be rehabilitated. The trees will give way to a widerparking space for vehicles. Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree known for its medicinal properties.Although native to Australia, this popular tree now grows in many areas of theworld. As to what endemic trees will replacethe Eucalyptus trees, the governor has left the decision to the ProvincialEnvironment Management Office. Eucalyptus trees consume too muchwater, which could result to the loss of groundwater. Certain parts of the Panaad Park andStadium had been closed earlier this year. The rehabilitation will run for around11 months./PN Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said thestadium rehabilitation is for Negros Occidental’s hosting of the RegionalAthletic Meet and Palarong Pambansa in 2021. According to Lacson, the trees will bereplaced with endemic species which are more environment-friendly.last_img read more

One flown by helicopter after trench rescue

first_imgClarksburg, IN — The Greensburg Fire Department, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, and Decatur County EMS responded to a dispatch on County Line Road in Decatur County to a farm for a trench rescue on Monday. The patient was flown to Indianapolis by Statflight from the scene for treatment. His conditions are unknown at this time.last_img