Vermont Governor Jim Douglas announced that the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has scheduled eight public meetings across the state to solicit public comment on whether state lands should be used to support wind energy development.Montpelier, Vermont – February 20 ,2004 [SolarAccess.com] The meetings are intended to provide an opportunity for the public to provide input to the Agency as it works to develop policy regarding wind energy’s role on state lands. Presently, there is a moratorium on wind energy projects on state lands. “Whether or not Vermont will sanction the use of state lands for wind energy development is clearly of interest to many Vermonters,” Governor Douglas said. “Reaching a decision, one way or the other, will not be easy. Consequently, this process must begin with a fair-minded and open public dialogue. I look forward to hearing from Vermonters about this important issue.” Each public meeting will begin with a half-hour, informal “open house” at which staff will be available to provide information and answer questions on state lands and wind energy development. The remainder of the meeting (two additional hours) will focus on providing opportunities for the public to offer their thoughts and opinions on the issue of state lands and wind energy development. The public meetings will begin in mid-March and include six weeknight meetings and two Saturday morning meetings. The meeting dates, times and locations are as follows: March 15th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Springfield High School, Springfield March 16th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Vermont College, Montpelier March 18th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Jay Fire Hall, Town of Jay March 20th, 9:30 am – Noon, Cortina Inn, Killington March 22nd, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, High School, South Burlington March 23rd, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Middle School, Bennington March 25th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Town Hall, Hancock March 27th, 9:30 am – Noon, Purina Ralston Bldg., St. Johnsbury. In addition to the public meetings, the public may also submit comments directly to the Agency by contacting State Lands Director Mike Fraysier at (802) 241-3682, or by sending an email to [email protected] Public comments should be submitted by March 31, 2004. Additional information on the Agency’s policy development process will soon be available at the following link.