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Payment for Ecosystem Services in Vermont: A Farmer-Led Approach to Conservation Funding

14 Jun 2022

Payment for Ecosystem Services in Vermont: A Farmer-Led Approach to Conservation Funding

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Oakes Hall - Room 012

Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series

Featuring Jennifer Byrne, Manager, White River Natural Resources Conservation District

Each lecture is worth one VBA CLE credit.
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Join us for this event in Oakes 012 or watch it at

About the Speaker: 

Jennifer Byrne is the manager of the White River Natural Resources Conservation District, a citizen-led, local unit of government developed in 1940 to address natural resource concerns governed by a board of elected supervisors.  Based out of the USDA office in White River Junction, the White River NRCD provides conservation assistance, outreach, and education for Orange and Windsor counties in Vermont. From 2011-2016 Jennifer worked and volunteered for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in over 15 states, comparing targeted conservation efforts and local and regional water quality improvement programs by assisting with conservation planning, rural and urban soil surveys, wetland delineations, tree plantings and monitoring, and engineering surveys. Also in 2011, Jennifer invented and patented a system for markerless augmented reality known as the Human Positioning System. Jennifer holds a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, a B.S. in Agriculture Science from Oregon State University, and an A.A.S. in Alternative Energy Technology from Lansing Community College.  She is currently a Fellow in the Environmental Justice Clinic at VLS managing the R.E.J.O.I.C.E. Project (Rural Environmental Justice Opportunities Informed by Community Expertise), an iterative policy creation effort developing Environmental Justice Policy for the state of Vermont.

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