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Aquatic Resources Mitigation 2015 Grant Announcement

The NHDES Aquatic Resources Mitigation (ARM) Fund is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Grant Round. The ARM Fund Program provides wetlands permit applicants with the option to contribute payments to this fund in lieu of implementation of several other possible and more traditional compensatory mitigation alternatives. These other wetlands mitigation options might include restoration of existing impaired wetlands, land acquisition and preservation, or construction of new wetlands. In many circumstances, these other options may be more costly, time consuming or complex to implement for the wetlands permit holder as compared with an ARM Fund contribution.

The ARM Fund program has been very successful for permit applicants and has resulted in the funding of many significant wetland preservation and restoration projects across the state. Projects that have been awarded funds include those that provide significant wetlands restoration or land conservation and are focused on areas of important and/or vulnerable wetlands with regional significance. In the past six years the ARM Fund has funded 48 projects that include preservation and restoration opportunities as well as stream passage improvement projects. These projects have results in approximately 11,000 acres of land conservation, 15 acres of wetland restoration and enhancement, and over one mile of stream restoration.

DES accounts for ARM Fund payments on a major watershed basis. When sufficient funds are accrued for a watershed, DES issues a request for proposals, evaluates the proposals received, and awards grants for the projects determined to have the highest long-term environmental benefits in the specific watershed. The ARM Fund is soliciting grant proposals for $2.3 million dollars which is available in the nine watersheds throughout the state. Please see the NH DES website for more information about the program. Pre-proposals are due April 30, 2015. The pre-applications will be reviewed in the month of May and feedback given to each applicant. Full applications are due August 31, 2015. Download the ARM Fund Grant Instructions, the 2015 Pre-Proposal Form, and the Application Form and Project Worksheet to get started! For more information, please contact DES Wetland Mitigation Coordinator at:

Lori Sommer
DES Wetland Mitigation Coordinator
Wetlands Bureau
(603) 271-4059

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Spring Workshop: Mitigating Wetland Losses

Join the NHACC and Certified Wetland Scientist Rick Van de Poll in learning the basics of wetland mitigation and how to be effective advocates as municipal officials who are facing wetland loss.

Dr. Van de Poll will review functions and values of wetlands, describe how upland buffers are essential to the proper functioning of a wetland, and outline how the state and federal government mandate compensation for certain wetland impacts. Since the state's Chapter 800 rules are in the process of changing and the Army Corps is poised to release their new mitigation rule this month, this workshop will provide a preliminary look at how DES and the Army Corps will be moving forward with wetland and stream impacts that require mitigation. A special subset of this talk will discuss probable impacts from the proposed gas pipeline in southern New Hampshire and how municipalities can be vigilant and proactive in addressing aquatic resource loss.

Mitigating Wetland Losses: What We Need to Know will be held on April 23rd, 2015, from 6-8:30 pm in Nashua, NH. The registration fee is $25.00 per commission member. Register Now!

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Q2C Trails Grants now OPEN for Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 round of Quabbin-to-Cardigan Trail Grants is open from February 28, 2015 to April 15th, 2015. The program provides grants of up to $10,000 to support the development, improvement, maintenance and permanent protection of hiking trails in the Q2C region. Grants are awarded through a competitive process, and are available for projects in both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts portions of the Q2C region. Funded projects must be completed by the end of 2015, and there is a 25% minimum cash match requirement. The written permission of relevant landowner(s) is required at the time of application. Completed applications for the Spring 2015 grant round must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015. Successful grant applicants will be notified in early May 2015. Please review the application materials carefully before applying. For more information visit http://www.q2cpartnership.org/grants.aspx.

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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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