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Mark LaBarr’s program Saving Hawaii’s Native Forest Birds has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 16 at the Richmond Free Library.

The GMAS Welcomes David Mears to Audubon Vermont

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It is with great pleasure that the GMAS welcomes David Mears, the recently-appointed Executive Director of Audubon Vermont. David brings a wealth of experience to Audubon. From 2005 to 2011 David was a faculty member at the Vermont Law School. In 2015, after a hiatus while serving in state government, he was named the head of the Environmental Law Center at VLS, a critical component of the law school’s program. In 2011 governor Peter Shumlin appointed David to the position of commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, a post he held until 2015.

In a press release announcing David’s appointment to his new position at Audubon Vermont David was quoted as follows:

“The work of protecting our wild places, from our mountains to our rivers, while ensuring the continued ecological health and vitality of our working forests and fields, has never been more important.”

We look forward to working with David and with Audubon Vermont in pursuit of his ambitious goals.


Protecting the Catamount Community Forest


The effort to protect the Catamount Community Forest, currently known as the Catamount Outdoor Family Center, continues. The Trust for Public Land in Montpelier and the town of Williston, are partnering to acquire this property and preserve 393 acres of forests, grassland, and wetlands in perpetuity. In 2012 the GMAS designated this property as an Important Bird Education site, recognizing its significance for breeding and migratory birds in Vermont. The total project cost is $1.92 million. To date the TPL has raised 91% of the necessary funds through grants and private donations with the town of Williston contributing 30% of the cost. To raise the remaining $157,000 the TPL is soliciting additional donations from the public. The GMAS supports this important conservation project. To donate visit the TPL website at

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