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2 Vt. Environmental Groups Form Alliance

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The Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Conservation Voters, which used to be the League of Conservation Voters, are collaborating to advance environmental policies.

The head of VNRC, which has 5,000 members and an annual budget of nearly $1 million, will lead the two groups. Vermont Conservation Voters will share the VNRC offices.

VNRC Executive Director Brian Shupe tells Vermont Public Radio that the state has made advances in energy policy and groundwater protection, but lags in addressing climate change, water quality, and fragmentation of the working landscape.

The two groups also hope that by joining forces they will appeal to big institutional donors.

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