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Environmental quality is an ongoing concern in the Lake Champlain Basin. Vermont farmers are in a unique position to manage land in a way that maintains and improves environmental quality. A payment for ecosystem services (PES) program for Vermont would both support the economic vi- ability of Vermont farms and incentivize farmers to improve water quality and soil health. How- ever, conceptual and practical implementation challenges remain.


This Policy Brief summarizes a Gund Institute Issue Paper “Payment for Ecosystem Services for Vermont,” which was developed from a 2019 graduate course. The course was led by Gund Fellows to conduct research on key issues and engage relevant stakeholders.

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