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Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources

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Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2010 FY Budget:  $5,361,444
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Vermont State Code, Title 3, Chapter 51, Section 2802
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

Deborah Markowitz.jpg
Name:  Deborah Markowitz
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $124,259
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The Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources is an appointed executive position in the Vermont state government. The secretary heads the state's Agency of Natural Resources, responsible for protecting Vermont's environment, natural resources and wildlife and maintaining the state's forests and parks.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Deborah Markowitz. She was first appointed to the position in January 2011 by Gov. Peter Shumlin.


The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is established in Title 3, Chapter 51, Section 2802 of the Vermont State Code.

3 V.S.A. § 2802:

(a) An agency of natural resources is created...


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


The secretary is appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the state senate, and serves as the pleasure of the governor.[2]


By statute, the secretary, with the approval of the governor, shall designate their executive assistant or a commissioner to act in the event of a vacancy or in his or her absence.[3]


See Energy policy in Vermont for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.

The secretary heads the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, which is responsible "for protecting Vermont's environment, natural resources and wildlife and for maintaining Vermont's forests and state parks."[1] The specific duties of the secretary are outlined in Title 3, Chapter 51, Section 2825 of the Vermont State Code:

  • coordinate the activities of the various departments and divisions of the agency for the proper development, management and preservation of Vermont's natural resources
  • develop policies for the proper and beneficial development, management, and preservation of resources in harmony with the state comprehensive planning program
  • promote the effective application of these policies by the departments and divisions affected
  • may direct the commissioner of finance and management to pay monies from the outdoor recreation land and water conservation fund to state agencies or to a municipality for recreational projects in accordance with the conditions of Public Law 88-578
  • may enter into contracts and agreements with agencies of the United States and furnish to the agencies reports and information necessary to enable their officials to perform their duties under Public Law 88-578, and amendments thereto
  • may delegate authorities and duties assigned to him or her by statute[4]
Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Vermont Department of Natural Resources Organizational Chart as of February 11, 2013.


  • Air Pollution Control
  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Dam Safety
  • Facilities Engineering
  • State Lands
  • Waste Management
  • Wastewater Management
  • Water Supply
  • Water Quality

State budget

See also: Vermont state budget and finances

The budget for the Department of Natural Resources (administration only) in Fiscal Year 2010 was $5,361,444.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $124,259, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $121,701. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2012, the secretary was paid an estimated $115,606 according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the secretary was paid an estimated $104,499 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information


Agency of Natural Resources
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0301

  • Phone: (802) 241-3600
  • Fax: (802) 244-1102

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