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Conservation News and Events

11/18/15 Thank You to the Arthur Getz Charitable Trust

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions has received a $4,500 grant from the Arthur Getz Charitable Trust, which is administered by Citizens Bank. 

The association will use the funds to purchase a new computer for administrative use and a tablet for use in conducting outdoor classes for local conservation officials and in meetings with legislators.

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10/30/15 NHACC Requests More Time for Conservation Commissions to Review Northern Pass Permit Applications

The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions (NHACC) asked the Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) today to granting more time for conservations commissions to review the recent permit applications submitted by the applicant of the Northern Pass project. Read NHACC's request here.

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Registration Now Open for NHACC's 45th Annual Meeting & Conference

The Annual Meeting & Conference of the NH Association of Conservation Commissions is one of the largest conservation conferences in New Hampshire and is widely attended by conservation commissioners and other conservation professionals and volunteers alike. This year's theme is "Back to the Future: A Changing Sense of Place" and will feature 3 inspiring TED Talk speakers as well as 24 engaging sessions on various conservation topics.

The landscape of conservation is shifting and changing in New Hampshire and our keynote, or "TED Talk", speakers will help shed some light on where we've been and what our future COULD hold. These featured speakers include Stacey Doll of Rooted by Stacey LLC, Benjamin Frost, Esq., the Director of Legal and Public Affairs at New Hampshire Housing, and Jeffry Littleton of Moosewood Ecological LLC.

The 24 workshops cover a range of topics from stewarding conservation easements to community engagement, from trail maintenance and design to laws about farming, and much more. This year's conference will feature the launch of the newly updated 2015 Wildlife Action Plan for the State of New Hampshire and relevant sessions include:
- Maps, Data, Action! What's New for Communities in the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan?
- Protecting the Loved (Turtles) and the Feared (Snakes)
- Maps to Help You Protect and Manage Lands: The Revised Wildlife Action Plan Maps
- What's Swimming? Protecting New Hampshire's Aquatic Habitats and the Species that Depend on Them

A selection of other workshops include:
- "You Can't Really Read That in a Textbook"... Brining Youth Into Environmental Conservation
- Community Solutions and Resiliency Through Ecological Planning and Design
- Identifying and Controlling Invasives: Strategies for Communities
- A Hard Road to Travel: The Basics of NH Road Law
- Making the Most of Wetland Restoration Opportunities
- Site Evaluation Committee: What You Need to Know

Advance registration is strongly encouraged! Register at nhacc.org/annualmeeting45.
Registration is $65 for NHACC Members and $75 for Non-Members
There is also a student rate of $35 for full-time students. Registration includes breakfast and lunch!

Questions? Contact Emily Lord at emilylord@nhacc.org or (603) 224-7867

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8/28/15 Thirty-five conservation commissions oppose NED pipeline in letter to FERC and Gov. Hassan

A coalition of conservation commissions in southern New Hampshire issued a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and New Hampshire State Governor Maggie Hassan affirming their opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan/NED export pipeline. The letter has been signed by thirty-five conservation commissions state-wide, and details concerns for air, water, noise and wildlife as well as the impacts to future conservation efforts.


NHACC is a resource network that provides education and assistance to New Hampshire's 216 local conservation commissions. Our mission is to foster conservation and appropriate use of New Hampshire's natural resources by providing assistance to conservation commissions, facilitating communication and cooperation among commissions, and helping to create a climate in which commissions can be successful. While the NHACC Board has chosen currently to not take a position on the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, we are continuing to evaluate the project and keep an open dialogue with our members and other conservation organizations. Our Energy Resources page provides additional information about the NED Pipeline project and resources available to conservation commissions.

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Conservation Commissions Invited to NH Tree Farm Field Day

Conservation commissioners are invited to attend the annual NH Tree Farm Field Day at Crotched Mountain in Greenfield on September 19th. This is an event to recognize NH's Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. It is primarily geared toward other Tree Farmers, but is open to everyone. This year’s program may be of particular interest to conservation commission members because one of the highlights of this tour will be the several miles of fully accessible trails Crotched Mountain has created on their property. They are also working to control invasive plants, which is another issue that many towns are struggling with. Download the brochure here. 

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Enjoy the Bounty of Cheshire County with Upcoming Potluck at Stonewall Farm

KEENE – Beautiful Stonewall Farm will be the site of the first-ever gathering of Cheshire County Conservation Commissions and Agriculture Commissions this September 15 from 6-8 p.m.

A potluck dinner for attendees will celebrate the region’s late summer harvest and showcase this unique collaboration or partners. The event is an opportunity for those who serve on their town's agriculture commissions and conservation commissions to meet and learn more about each other's work. Those not serving on an agriculture or conservation commission, but are still interested in their work are also welcome.

The evening will feature brief updates of what's new with the Cheshire County Conservation District and the NH Association of Conservation Commissions along with the opportunity for each commission to provide what each has been working on. There will be plenty of time for good conversation and, of course, good food.

RSVP is required in order to get an accurate head count. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share for the evening's potluck. NHACC and CCCD will also provide some locally sourced snacks.

For more information, contact Amanda Littleton at amanda@cheshireconservation.org or 603.756.2988 x116 or Emily Lord at emilylord@nhacc.org or 603.224.7867


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NHACC is the only organization specifically serving the needs of conservation commissions in New Hampshire.


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