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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 before October 28th for best pricing.
Cost is $55 for NHACC Members and $65 for Non-Members
There is also a student rate of $25 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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Natural Resources Stewards Course

UNH Cooperative Extension announces a hands-on course for people who enjoy being outdoors and value nature to become stewards of New Hampshire’s forests, wildlife, and water resources. The 13-session course will cover tree identification, planting, and care; forest types and the wildlife that lives within them; permaculture; ecological landscaping; land conservation and protection; wetlands; invasive species; and many more topics essential to the well-being of the state’s natural resources. “The course is open to all,” said Mary Tebo Davis, natural resources field specialist at Cooperative Extension. “It is especially helpful for those volunteering on conservation commissions, tree committees, or watershed associations, and for those who maybe aren’t sure yet how they can help but want to make a difference.” In exchange for learning, participants complete 40 hours of volunteer service in more than 40 natural resource areas including measuring New Hampshire’s biggest trees, inventorying natural resources, helping protect thousands of acres of land, discovering endangered species and delivering educational programs to adults and children.

The course begins September 4 and will continue for 13 consecutive Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game offices in Concord.

 For more information, visit nhstewards.org or call Cooperative Extension at (603) 641-6060. 

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DES 2016 Local Source Water Protection Grants Application Available

NHDESProject funding is available from the Department of Environmental Services to develop and implement programs to protect existing sources of public drinking water. The grants are available to water suppliers, municipalities, regional planning agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, conservation districts, and state agencies. Applicants can receive up to $20,000 for projects to protect drinking water sources, including watershed planning, delineation of protection areas, assessment of threats to water supply sources, implementation, and source security.

The application packet is available now to provide sufficient lead time for applicants to work with stakeholders and obtain compelling letters of commitment, which will be needed for some projects to score well in the competition for limited funds.  The importance of letters of commitment is reflected in the application materials.  Applicants should review the application materials at their earliest opportunity. Applications are available at: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/lswp_grants.htm. Applications are Due November 2, 2015.

Please contact Pierce Rigrod at 271-0688 or pierce.rigrod@des.nh.gov if you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposal.

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


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