Although there are over 100 self-defenseless ducks on Melissa Hoffman’s ecologically innovative farm, she spoke passionately about the service that coyotes provide for the non-human maintenance of her 1,300-acre crop land. Coyotes help maintain the population of prey animals such as raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels who can devastate farmer’s crop yields in their search for food. On Friday, February 17, 2017 the Vermont State Senate’s House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, witnessed multiple testimonies based around re-thinking human’s relationships with the historically feared natural predator. Judy Bellairs of the VT Sierra Club spoke of the intrinsic and spiritual value of a healthy coyote population; the biologist Walter Medwid explained the necessity of predator populations for balanced a balanced ecosystem; and Rob Mullen told of the inhumane hunting methods and disrespectful social media postings of those who hunt coyotes in Vermont. The problem that all of these concerned citizens of Vermont were speaking about is the lack of research of Vermont’s coyote population as well as the absence of regulation of coyote hunting.
Montpelier, Jan. 27—UVM president Tom Sullivan presented to the Vermont Senate Education Committee at the statehouse on Wednesday, requesting an increase to next fiscal year’s appropriations from the state government. This was one of three presentations the President gave to the legislature that day. Sullivan emphasized the new STEM complex, which is the highest-cost building project UVM has ever undertaken. He stressed that the complex will benefit the state as well as the university, saying “I think every one” of the construction workers associated with the project is a Vermont native, and that UVM “could be seen as Vermont’s biggest engine for economic development.” This claim stems from UVM’s status as a “talent magnet” for out-of-state students and researchers, as well as the University’s status as the state’s largest employer*.
Montpelier (Jan 27) President of the University of Vermont, Tom Sullivan, testified this morning before the House Committee of Education urging the committee to consider an increase in state funding for the University. President Sullivan heavily emphasized the importance of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) project that is currently underway, arguing that this improved program will attract more Vermont students that can contribute to the future of Vermont. This new facility will also improve the University’s already strong research programs, which has a direct relationship with Vermont. President Sullivan used the opiate addiction research being done at UVM as an example of how this research is currently aiding the state in figuring out how to fix the opiate abuse that is currently plaguing the state.
The committee members displayed a clear concern with the number of students from Vermont that are able to take advantage of UVM, and the number of students that stay in Vermont after graduation.
Montpelier(Jan. 27) -,President Thomas Sullivan highlighted the 2014-2015 year at UVM and asked the House Committee on Education for an increase in funding. Sullivan covered a variety of topics, from the new STEM building, to the university’s efforts in attracting and graduating low-income Vermont students. Sullivan asked the committee for a 5.2% increase in funding for FY 2017. He said over 1,000 Vermonters graduate from UVM every year and that one of their goals is to increase that number by giving low income Vermont residents the ability to afford a college education.