Dan Dutcher

Since 2008, Dan has worked as an Assistant Attorney General, assigned principally to the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Prior to VTrans, Dan worked with Clean Energy Group on national and international clean energy policy. Dan has also worked with the Vermont Natural Resources Board, the former Vermont Water Resources Board, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where Dan concentrated on water-related permitting and compliance. Dan wrote the Vermont chapter in the Legal Treatise Waters and Water Rights and is the lead author on articles in Society and Natural Resources, Environment and Behavior, and the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.


Dan received his B.A. (Philosophy) from Ithaca College (1981), his J.D. from Cornell Law School (1985), and his Ph.D. (Forest Resources) from the Pennsylvania State University (2000). At Penn State, Dan’s concentration was forest science and his emphases were natural resources sociology and watershed ecology and management. His doctoral dissertation was titled Landowner Perceptions of Protecting and Establishing Riparian Forests in Central Pennsylvania. Dan enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking, hiking, kayaking, and swimming, along with working in the yard, reading, watching movies, relaxing, and dining out. Dan lives in Fayston, Vermont with his partner, her three children, and their dog.

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