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Request for Proposals: Roadmap and Education Plan for NHACC

The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions (NHACC) is seeking proposals to guide our Board and staff through the development of a written roadmap and education plan. The consultant will develop the roadmap and education plan based on innovative, collaborative, and dynamic organizational practices.

The purpose of the roadmap and education plan is to assist the organization in strategizing effective and logical steps to further its organizational and personal development through 2017.

 Please send an electronic copy of the response to Executive Director Nicholas Coates at nicholascoates@nhacc.org. Paper submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015. Any responses received after this deadline will not be considered.

Additional details can be found in the complete RFP at http://bit.ly/1ywYt71.

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Practicing for the Unexpected in Public Meetings

The Facilitation Laboratory, a training program with University of New Hampshire Theatre PowerPlay Interactive Development, UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Listens, is presenting two upcoming trainings on Public Meetings. "Practicing for the Unexpected in Public Meetings" will be held in February in Concord and Manchester. 

FlyerThe training is for those who have a role in public meetings such as board members, chairs, public officials, facilitators, planners, administrators, staff and community members. In the Facilitation Laboratory professional actors will present scenarios allowing workshop participants to work together to understand the challenges and to identify some best practices for all aspects of public meetings – including conflict - in a positive and professional manner. This workshop is highly regarded and would be great for conservation commissioners! Click to download the flyer.

Concord Training - Tuesday February 3, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Registration (Click here)

Manchester Training - Thursday February 12, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  - Registration (Click here)

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EAB Workshop for Conservation Commissioners

We live and work in a beautiful community and, unfortunately, one that is newly infested with the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle. EAB rapidly kills ash trees and is currently found in seven New Hampshire towns. It is likely to continue its spread throughout the northeast, impacting all of us as well as future generations.

We invite you to join us at our first Field Training Series workshop in 2015 specifically for conservation commission members to be held at the Conservation Center at 54 Portsmouth Street in Concord on Friday, February 20th from 1-4PM. Participants will review ash tree identification, observe EAB and its signs in the field, and hear specific recommendations on actions they can take now to reduce the impact of EAB when it arrives in their Town.

Please come prepared with any questions you might have, as well as weather appropriate clothing for a brief session outdoors. 

Please RSVP with Emily Lord at (603) 224 -7867 or email emilylord@nhacc.org. You can also download and share our flyer. We hope to see you there!

Questions about the program? Contact Tim Fleury: Tim.Fleury@unh.edu

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A Couple of Ways to Support NHACC Before the New Year

Emerging Snapper.jpgThe New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions is the only organization dedicated to providing education, technical support and legislative assistance to municipal conservation commissions. NHACC is primarily funded by member conservation commissions

To keep costs manageable for our membrers and to meet the ever-increasing demand for our services, NHACC is asking for your support before the end of the year. There are a couple ways you can support us and local conservation:

** Make a tax-deductable donation through our secure website or by sending a check to NHACC, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH 03301. Please make your checks payable to NHACC.

** Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to NHACC. 

NHACC is proud to help support the work of the 216 conservation commissions in New Hampshire. These commissions provide our state with more than 1,500 committed conservation volunteers.

* Conservation Commissions have protected over 180,000 acres of important farmland and forestland.

* Conservation Commissions manage community lands for wildlife, forestry, community farming and gardening, and recreation.

* Conservation commissions provide fun and interest educational program for adults and children.

When you make a donation to NHACC you will also help give a voice for environmentally responsible legislative action and rule-making in NH as well as the work of NH’s conservation commissions.

Thank you!

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Annual Survey Reminder - Commission responses needed!

Jim Kennedy, wetland scientist, at a 2014 Field Training Series on Wetland IdentificationThis fall, NHACC sent out its first-ever Annual Survey. This survey will help us better understand what's working and what isn't in your town and how we can serve you better. We want to year from you about projects and success stories that could be shared across the state. We also want to know if there's additional services that you think we should be offering. We're really excited about some of the responses we've gotten so far. If you haven't discussed the survey with your conservation commission yet, go ahead and download a copy of the survey and bring it to your next meeting. Once you have it completed, have your commission mail your responses to us at 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301 or email us at info@nhacc.org. 

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Community Training in Ecological Design - Begin Jan. 14

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a four-part training on ecological design from January 14, through February 4, 2015. Utilizing Permaculture Design Principles, the training is geared towards community leaders, conservation commissions, planning board members, landscape designers and architects, agricultural commissions, and energy committees. Participants will be led through a series of conversations, collaborative activities, case study field trips, and a design charrette, introducing the ecological design process that can be applied to communities in the planning and development process or for their own individual properties. Topics will include appropriate technologies, scale, biodiversity, integrated design, and stacking functions. “This training brings together permaculture concepts and design principles for New Hampshire. Participants will get tools to plan, design, and develop a more resilient and sustainable future for a town’s infrastructure and economy, while working in harmony with the natural world,” says UNH Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Field Specialist Mary Tebo Davis. Cost for the training is $395. Space is limited. Download the flyer to find out more or click here to register online. For more information, contact Mary Tebo Davis at mary.tebo@unh.edu or (603) 641-6060.

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


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