The world’s most-quoted and best-known investor, Warren Buffett, made headlines recently because he didn’t invest in airline stocks. Instead, he sold the ones he already owned.For many, that was a confusing moment. Usually, Buffett is known to load up with shares when they are on sale. Often, that means he’s out buying stocks when other investors are either selling them or avoiding them. But his reluctance to buy or even hold airline shares does make sense in the context of his usual investing style. 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CopyHouses•Dongjeong-ri, South Korea Save this picture!© Youngchae Park+ 43 Share WooriMaeul E&C Architects: studio_GAON Area Area of this architecture project 2016 Casa Linea / studio_GAONSave this projectSaveCasa Linea / studio_GAON “COPY” Project Team:Sangwoo Yi, Hanmoe Lee, Minjung Choi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Joowon Moon, Seunghwan Jung, Sora YeomSupervision:studio_GAONTranslation:Joowon MoonSite Area:991 m2Building Area:193 m2Architect In Charge:Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo RohCity:Dongjeong-riCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Youngchae ParkRecommended ProductsCompositesNeolithNeolith in Chase CenterGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Art & SignageCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausText description provided by the architects. The client, in his early fifties gentleman running a local business, bought a land near a scenic lakeside in Asan city. When we visited the site with him, tall and handsome pine trees were standing around the lengthy perimeter of the site. It was impressive to feel the dramatic contrast between the horizontal line of the sweeping water in front of the land and the vertical lines formed by the pine trees stretching to the sky.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkFirst of all, we drew the land on the paper. Sketching the land is to understand the characteristics of the land. We draw the land, landscape, trees and grass, sunshine and shadow, and through these activities we discover the ‘line’ which forms the foundation of the house.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe client explained his life and preferences. He wanted an open space for the kitchen and dining room for visitors, and an extra guestroom. And he wanted to listen to the music undisrupted in his separate music saloon.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkWe seated his requirements following the grain of land as we understood. We began with horizontal lines parallel to the boundary and joined the spaces on the line with diverse functions.Save this picture!Section 1First, we drew a long corridor parallel to the road and water, and attached each space; the kitchen and living room, bedroom for family and guests, and an annex for the music room. Between each room, we inserted an outdoor space (Madang).Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkFollowing the flow of the land, the overall form is slightly bent according to the shape along the road. To avoid emotionless long wall, we made several openings for visual connection and to let wind pass.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkOn the wall of Buonarroti Michelangelo’s atelier, there was a phrase “Nulla dies sine linea.” To translate the Latin, it means, “Do not spend a day without drawing a line.” Maybe he wanted to emphasis the fundamental virtue of an artist.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkTo draw a line means to draw a sketch, and this would be an expression of the artist to continually practice the basics constantly. Architects draw countless lines as well.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkThere are many kinds of lines. Sometimes a mere line expresses more spirit than a very picturesque drawing. Lines of Asian culture are unlike Western’s. Lines of Western culture are part of process to find an ideal line. They draw numerous lines to find the authentic one. The lines of Asian culture are one-time and coincidental. The line is drawn at once. Of course, they need a long training period and self-discipline to draw that one particular line.Save this picture!First Floor PlanIn architecture, lines have to be responsible. Architectural lines are not just traces on the paper. They represent the relationship between spaces. It should not be too close or too far. It should be regular and very objective.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkLike rambling fruits on the branch, this building has consecutive masses and several gardens between each space, making the building longer than it is. This horizontally stretched form creates a harmony with a vertical line of pine trees to confirm the will of the line we first drew on the land. So we named this house ‘The house of lines (casa linea)’.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkProject gallerySee allShow lessClubhouse Mongkok Skypark / concreteSelected Projects4 Teams Selected to Envision the Future of Autonomous Transit in NYCEvent Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874706/casa-linea-studio-gaon Clipboard Construction: Year: Houses Projects “COPY” South Korea Photographs: Youngchae Park Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Domus Tiles, Domus Classica, Eagon ArchDaily Photographs Area: 298 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Casa Linea / studio_GAON ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874706/casa-linea-studio-gaon Clipboard CopyAbout this officestudio_GAONOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDongjeong-riSouth KoreaPublished on June 29, 2017Cite: “Casa Linea / studio_GAON” 29 Jun 2017. 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Tagged with: Individual giving Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. EDM Media has appointed ex-WWAV Account DirectorLisa Neville as Account Director. She will work with director Elizabeth Sayer across all of EDM Media’s clients, including IFAW and Guideposts Trust, and will be responsible for developing new products.Lisa joins from WWAV Media, where she worked on the NSPCC, Alzheimers Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind accounts.Elizabeth Sayer, director of EDM Media, said: “Lisa joins us at an exciting time as we have grown this year and look to expand our operations further. With Lisa’s charity experience and data knowledge, our clients will benefit from her valuable insight, and the strengthened management team.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 20 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Account Director at EDM Media Howard Lake | 5 September 2006 | News
News News Organisation March 22, 2017 It’s not good to criticize Congo-Brazzaville’s regime Receive email alerts to go further News March 31, 2021 Find out more President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, attends the opening of the Africa Action Summit, on November 16, 2016 © FADEL SENNA / AFP Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville March 5, 2021 Find out more Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release News Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison RSF_en Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression May 4, 2021 Find out more Luca Chianca and Paolo Palermo, who work for “Reports,” an investigative programme broadcast by the Italian TV channel RAI 3, were arrested by plainclothes police in Pointe-Noire, the country’s second largest city, on 15 March and were held arbitrarily for three days and two nights.The Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST) detained them on the grounds that they did not have press visas.They were held in a two-meter-square room furnished with nothing more than a chair, and had no means of communicating with the outside world.“No journalist, whether Congolese or foreign, should be mistreated in this way by the authorities,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Their use of such intimidatory methods with foreign reporters speaks volumes about their attitude to Congolese journalists, who have to choose between censoring themselves or being persecuted.”Chianca and Palermo were arrested two days after arriving in Pointe-Noire with the aim of interviewing Fabio Ottonello, an influential Italian business who is married to the president’s daughter. Ottonello is said to have provided a private plane that transported bribes to Switzerland as part of a network of corruption involving the Italian company ENI and Nigerian officials that is currently the subject of court proceedings in Milan.Shortly before their arrest, Chianca and Palermo warned their editor that they believed they were in danger. They tried to transmit their report, but communications had been disconnected in the Pointe Noire region.Italian diplomats finally obtained their release on 20 March in exchange for the confiscation of their electronic equipment and deletion of all their data. They returned to Rome yesterday.Journalists in the regime’s sightsNot all journalists are so lucky in Congo-Brazzaville. Ghys Fortuné Bemba, the publisher of the newspaper Talassa, has been held since 11 January without being brought before a court. Officially he is charged with complicity with a government opponent and encouraging violence in the southern department of Pool.He was previously arrested in October 2015 over an article accusing President Sassou Nguesso of using mercenaries to attack the new constitution’s opponents. In 2014, bureaucratic pretexts were used to force his media company, Talassa, to close after an article pointed out that the number of registered voters in northern regions that support the president had increased much more than in the south, and by a proportion that could not reasonably be ascribed to population growth.Except for the five years from 1992 to 1997, Sassou Nguesso has been Congo-Brazzaville’s president since 1979. During his 33 years in office, he has imposed an environment that has been increasingly hostile to human rights and freedom of information in particular.He had the constitution amended in 2015 in order to be able to run for a third term. All Internet communications were cut throughout the country during the presidential election in March 2016. Journalists are constantly exposed to censorship and intimidation and are often arrested arbitrarily,Congo-Brazzaville is ranked 115th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary detention of two Italian journalists while in Congo-Brazzaville (also known as Republic of Congo) to investigate an alleged corruption ring involving relatives of President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” A FORMER champion rower from Limerick has died in a tragic mountain bike accident in his newly adopted home of Colorado. Mayorstone native Eddie Crean (43) died from his injuries in hospital on Monday night. Educated in St Nessan’s Community College, Mr Crean, who was a member of the Shannon Rowing Club, moved to Boston 20 years ago but had just recently moved to Colorado. Tributes have poured in to Facebook for the man known as ‘Fast Eddie’ to his friends because he “lived life to the full”. Mr Crean worked as a driver for the Gentle Giant moving and storage company in Somerville, Massachusetts. The company has posted a tribute with pictures on its Facebook page. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement TAGSEddie CreanfeaturedlimerickShannon Rowing Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick Pride of Place Participants AnnouncedNext articleMake A Move to the Paint Parade admin NewsLocal NewsLimerick man dies in fatal accident in USBy admin – July 2, 2014 962 Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email
View post tag: News by topic View post tag: ship Back to overview,Home naval-today France Tests Ship Defense with U.S. Navy’s SSST As part of a foreign military sales case, the U.S. Navy worked together with French military to execute France’s first aerial-target live-fire event using a GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST), or missile, on April 4.France’s military procurement agency Direction Generale Pour L’Armement (DGA) worked with representatives from the Navy Aerial Target and Decoy Systems program office (PMA-208) and Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) of Chandler, Ariz., to provide the GQM-163A SSST for a live presentation on a military test range off the coast of France.The foreign military sales case, which began in 2006, included procurement of one GQM-163A SSST, lease of support equipment and range integration. DGA, NAVAIR and OSC stood up the SSST launch capability on the Mediterranean island of Levant in 2011, one of only three GQM-163A launch sites worldwide.“Such a complex test would not have been possible without the expertise and will of a whole and diverse team, made of people from NAVAIR, Point Mugu, Orbital, the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the French Navy, the French Missile test center, the French Embassy in Washington and many others,” said Col. Mathieu Fossat, assistant Defense Cooperation attaché for French naval and air systems.During this highly technical test, a first for Europe, the target was used to simulate an anti-ship cruise missile threat whose speed and evasive maneuvers compress the amount of time a defense system has to react. Shortly after the target launched, a French air defense destroyer, Forbin, intercepted the Coyote target with an Aster 30 surface-to-air missile.Clay Myers, PMA-208 FMS lead who witnessed last week’s launch, said he and the team received positive feedback from French representatives on site. The target was in the “green zone” for the duration of the flight, meaning it was where it was expected to be, he added.“We are pleased the SSST presentation was useful to DGA’s evaluation effort and look forward to working with them in the future, said Capt. Dan McNamara, PMA-208 program manager. “The entire team of French and U.S. professionals who worked for the past five years to achieve this success should be congratulated.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 16, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: France View post tag: Tests View post tag: with View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense France Tests Ship Defense with U.S. Navy’s SSST April 16, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: SSST View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: Naval Share this article
Dried fruits, nuts and seeds supplier Whitworths has released three recipes ahead of the festive season as part of its new Christmas campaign, #ShareTheLove.The recipes are modern twists on Christmas classics and comprise Mini Christmas Puds, Gooey Chocolate and Date Truffles, and Tiny Fruit Cakes.Whitworths is working with some well-known foodie Instagram and YouTube users for the campaign, including 2014 Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collison. The campaign encourages people to #ShareTheLove in the kitchen this year by baking and cooking with loved ones.The company is also launching an e-book, The Cake that made Christmas, which follows the story of a child who baked a cake with his parents as a Christmas gift for his grandfather.The recipes are all available on the company’s website.
6/07/2012 – DCU Center, Worcester, MA 2012 found Phish starting their tour on on their home turf, as they played two nights in Worcester, MA at the DCU Center. This run acted as de-facto warm-up shows for the band’s insane run from Bonnaroo through three nights at Atlantic City’s Bader Field. The first night in Worcester featured multiple excellent jams, specifically the second set run of “Carini” -> “Taste” > “Ghost” > “Boogie On Reggae Woman”. Phish also surprised fans in the second set by performing the ever rare “If I Could” for the first time in 102 shows. The band perfectly set the table for their big week to come, giving their local New England fans a special show that set the bar high.Watch the band land on “Boogie On Reggae Woman” at the DCU Center below. 6/11/2010 – Toyota Park, Chicago, ILThis show at the home of the Chicago Fire was a ton of fun, as Phish played the aptly titled cover “Jesus Just Left Chicago” early in the show to get the crowd going. The band stretched out “Limb by Limb” with a vocal jam, and the they performed a wild “Run Like An Antelope,” complete with a “Dave’s Energy Guide” tease and some Fishman-related lyrical adlibs. This performance also saw the debut of the band’s love letter to its fans, “Show of Life.”Check out Phish opening their show at Toyota Park with a raging “Down with Disease.” 5/27/2011 – Bethel Woods Center for The Arts, Bethel, NY Marking the first night of a three night, tour-opening run at the beautiful Bethel Woods venue, this weekend was filled with amazing vibes, and Phish laid the groundwork for this classic run with a dark and dirty opening night. A dark “Tweezer” > “My Friend, My Friend” opened the show, and the energy never stopped as the band built towards an epic climax. Set two’s segue-fest of “Carini” > “Back on the Train” > “Boogie On Reggae Woman” > “Waves” > “Prince Caspian” > “Crosseyed and Painless” > “Wading in the Velvet Sea” was gorgeous, with “Waves” serving as the improv centerpiece of the evening. This summer tour also found Phish releasing high quality, pro-shot footage after each show, and they started off this new tradition by releasing a video of this incredible “Waves.”Watch HD video of the stand-out “Waves” below. Let’s face it, we’re ridiculously excited for Phish to start their summer tour tonight. With the band recording a new album this winter with Producer Bob Ezrin and Percussionist Andrés Forero (from the Broadway show Hamilton), the anticipation is reaching a fever pitch for Phish Phans, as they wonder what the new songs will sound like, will the band bring beloved older songs like “Fluffhead” and “Foam” back into the rotation, and will they actually be debuting a brand new LED-based light show?As the band prepares to answer everyone’s questions (or blow everyone’s minds) with their tour opener tonight at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, MN, we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at the opening show from each Summer of the 3.0 era. Take a look below at the awesome shows that have opened Phish’s past seven Summer Tours.5/31/2009 – Fenway Park, Boston, MAFive years after breaking up, Phish reunited in March 2009 with three triumphant comeback shows at “The Mothership,” Hampton Coliseum. After the celebratory return run, all eyes turned to Phish’s summer tour opener in Boston at Fenway Park. This show marked the first time band had ever played a Baseball Stadium, and the Phish celebrated the occasion by opening the show with a rare, a capella performance of the “Star Spangled Banner,” performed on the Pitcher’s Mound with the band wearing custom Red Sox jerseys. Phish then moved to the stage, lighting up the crowd from the get-go with a soaring “Sample In A Jar”. This one-off in Boston saw the debuts of both “Ocelot” and the divisive “Time Turns Elastic,” and the show featured several “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” teases. Phish featured a few major bust-outs on the night, as the band played “Destiny Unbound” for only the second time since 1991, and covered Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “The Ballad of Curtis Loew” for the first time since August 2, 1993.Watch Phish’s huge bust out of “The Ballad of Curtis Loew,” below. 7/03/2013 – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME This show similarly served as a warm-up for a huge run, setting the stage for one of Phish’s most epic three night stands at SPAC. While the show featured a somewhat standard setlist, the performance certainly wasn’t a stinker, as it saw the band run seamlessly from “Theme From The Bottom” > “Chalkdust Torture” in set one, and found Page teasing “Manteca” as he led the band through a beautiful “Golden Age” jam in set two. A wild “Run Like An Antelope” closed the night, with the bend elongating the song with a short-but-sweet type II improv section.Watch “Run Like An Antelope” from Darling’s Waterfront below.7/01/2014 – Xfinity Center (Great Woods), Mansfield, MAAnother tour opener, another New England show. Phish loves to start their summer in familiar territory, and this show at the venue formerly-known as “Great Woods” is all about that “Hood.” While the band usually saves their extended jams for later in the tour (after they’ve had a chance to loosen up on the road), Phish delivered a sublime 19-minute version of “Harry Hood” on this night. This version of the classic song was simply incredible, as it launched off into a funky, exploratory jam near the end of set II and brought the show to a huge climax, leaving fans begging for more as the band left the stage.Watch pro-shot video of this incredible “Harry Hood” below.7/21/2015 – Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend, OR2015’s tour opener saw the band switching things up, leaving the cozy confines of New England behind as they ventured to the Pacific Northwest, playing the Les Schwab Ampitheater in Bend, OR to kick off the summer festivities. The show found the band feeling particularly loose, as they unleashed several debuts in “Blaze On,” “Shade,” and “No Men In No Man’s Land”. All three were very well received, and the band returned the positive energy in kind with huge jams out of both “Blaze On” and “No Men In No Man’s Land”, with a grinning Trey Anastasio unable to contain his excitement and smiling widely throughout. Watch full video of this fun West Coast Summer tour opener below. We can’t wait to see what Phish has in store for us tonight. We hope all phans who are en route to St. Paul, MN have safe travels, and we’ll see you inside the Xcel Center for what’s sure to be a memorable night!
Indrajit Das / (CC BY 4.0) ALBANY — The New York State DEC is urging New Yorkers to practice safety when burning wood and brush outdoors during recent dry conditions. Western New York is listed in the moderate range for fire risk.Although the State’s prohibition on residential brush burning ended in May, fire danger still exists, according to Commissioner Basil Seggos.“Dry weather and warming temperatures have elevated the risk of fires statewide, particularly across eastern New York,” Seggos said. “The last widespread rainfall we saw was more than a full week ago and over the last month, some parts of the state are 90 percent below normal rainfall levels. I encourage New Yorkers to use safety precautions to help prevent wildfire outbreaks.” DEC updates the fire danger map and forecast during fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App (also available on DEC’s website). The majority of the state remains at moderate risk, which means outdoor fires can burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days.Debris burning and campfires are among the top five causes of wildfires. While fireworks are not a significant cause of wildfires, they are a potential hazard. In most cases, fireworks are also illegal. Campfires with family are great fun, when done safely.Fire safety tips for burning wood or brush:· Never burn on a windy day;· Check and obey all local laws and ordinances;· Burn early in the morning when humidity is high and winds are low;· Clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 to 15 feet around the fire;· Keep piles to be burned small, adding small quantities of material as burning progresses;· Always have a garden hose, shovel, water bucket, or other means to extinguish the fire close at hand; and· When done, drown the fire with water, making sure all materials, embers, and coals are wet.While camping, New Yorkers are advised to:· Use existing campfire rings where possible;· Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, and leaves. Pile extra wood away from the fire;· Clear the area around the ring of leaves, twigs, and other flammables materials;· Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread quickly; and· Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals, and sticks are wet. Move rocks as there may be burning embers underneath.Do Not Burn Household Trash· Burning trash is prohibited statewide in all cases. Incinerator rules prohibit burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor wood boilers;· DEC recommends recycling all appropriate materials (such as newspaper, paper, glass and plastic) and composting organic kitchen and garden waste;· Burning leaves also is banned in New York State. DEC encourages composting of leaves; and· Disposal of flags or religious items in a small-sized fire is allowed if it not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.For information on open burning and campfire safety in New York, go to DEC’s Open Burning in New York webpage and DEC’s Fire Safety When Camping webpage. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Wetlands nature s water filters will be better protected in Vermont under legislation that was enacted into law yesterday. The bill, H447, was the result of lengthy negotiations among a variety of interest groups. The measure will require inaccurate state wetlands maps to be updated and also mandate better protections for wetlands. This legislation shows what Vermonters with widely divergent interests can accomplish when they sit down and focus on what s good for Vermont s natural resources over the long haul, said Kim Greenwood, staff scientist for the Vermont Natural Resources Council. All parties here have made compromises for the greater good of improving the regulation of our wetlands, she said. This law will protect more significant wetlands and advances commonsense environmental action in Vermont, Governor Douglas said in signing the bill into law. This legislation demonstrates what we can accomplish for our state when we work together and find common ground, he added.Douglas thanked the Water Resource Panel s Wetlands Investigative Group, Representative David Deen, chairman of the House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee, business representatives and environmental advocacy groups who worked together to get the bill passed in the Legislature.At the urging of legislative environmental leaders, in 2006 the state Water Resources Panel brought a broad group together to address issues of wetland classification in Vermont as a result of a Vermont Supreme Court decision relating to VNRC s effort to reclassify the Lake Bomoseen wetland. VNRC saw the court decision as an opportunity to correct a deficiency in Vermont s wetland protection laws that left many wetlands unprotected simply because they were not included on outdated state wetland maps. Wetlands filter Vermont s drinking water, help control floods, comb out polluting sediment from water flowing into our streams, stabilize shorelines and provide wildlife habitat, among other benefits.More than a dozen groups including VNRC, the Vermont Realtors Association, the Vermont Forest Products Association, the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Agriculture, utilities, and others, spent more than three years hearing testimony on the issue and negotiating a solution to improve protection for Vermont s wetlands. VNRC was the only environmental group involved in a two-year negotiating process that led to the bill.Specifically, the law:Authorizes ANR to update the Vermont wetland maps with information it has accumulated in recent years, including using wetlands maps that towns have created.Allows ANR on its own or at the request of a citizen, after a public notice period, to protect unmapped wetlands when they are identified in the field.Requires the state to update the rules to require more protection for wetlands that are not on the maps but are similar in size or type to those that do appear on the maps, the protection of vernal pools for the first time ever in Vermont, and better guidance for landowners in locating wetlands.Currently, Vermont regulates wetlands that appear on maps, known as Vermont Significant Wetlands inventory maps. The problem has been that those maps are outdated. Up to one-third of important wetlands are not shown on those maps and up to seven percent of the areas mapped as wetlands are not, in fact, significant wetlands. Consequently, people using the maps are making decisions based on inaccurate information.Between 35 and 50 percent of the wetlands that existed in Vermont before European settlement have been lost or severely damaged due to draining, dredging, and filling for development and agriculture.Source: VNRC. Governor’s Office.