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1/23/17 Bills of Concern to CCs

NHACC is tracking several bills in the State House that may impact conservation commissions. To follow the status of bills we are watching select this spreadsheet.

NHACC Welcomes New Executive Director

The NHACC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Barbara Richter as its new Executive Director.  Barbara will lead the organization, and provide assistance and direct support to NHACC members. Prior to NHACC, Barbara worked at W.S. Badger Company where she was responsible for regulatory compliance.

"The support NHACC provides to NH conservation commissions is critical to successful natural resource protection in the state. The strength of the conservation movement in NH comes from the unity of its many amazing citizen groups, government agencies and non-profit organizations," said Barbara. "I look forward to providing valuable technical support to NH cities and towns and advising their conservation commissions."

Barbara's background uniquely qualifies her to assume the role as the NHACC Executive Director. Her extensive experience in land conservation includes working at the Forest Society’s Center for Land Conservation Assistance where she supported local and regional land trusts with their land protection initiatives. Barbara also worked at the Monadnock Conservancy in the role of both Stewardship Coordinator and Membership Coordinator. She has first-hand experience with conservation commissions as a previous chair of the Surry Conservation Commission and a member of the City of Keene Conservation Commission. She understands the required duties of conservation commissions and is familiar with the challenges faced by both small towns and cities.

Barbara received her master’s degree in environmental studies from Antioch New England University and her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University. She lives in Keene with her husband and two children.

Governor Hassan Vetoed SB 324!

We've just received word from Governor Hassan's office. She's vetoed SB 324, and we couldn't be happier!

062116 SB 324 Veto Message.doc


SB 324 Attempts to limit federal land ownership in NH

SB324 Bill Text  [HTML] [PDF]

 Title: (New Title) eliminating the land use board and requiring approval of federal land acquisitions by the governor and executive council.

HOUSE Resources, Recreation and Development 

Email the committee NOW (HouseResourcesRecreationandDevelopment@leg.state.nh.us) if you're concerned about this bill!

Executive Session: 04/26/2016 at 10:30 AM LOB 305

NH Fish & Game Withdraws Bobcat Hunt Proposal

The NH Fish & Game has withdrawn its bobcat hunt proposal

4/1/16 JLCAR Sends Bobcat Hunt Question Back to F&G Commission

The NH Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) entered a “Preliminary Objection” to the text of the proposed administrative rule regarding a “Limited Bobcat Season”. Once the full written decision of JLCAR is received, the NH Fish and Game Commission will take it under advisement and determine its next steps.

Grasslands & Meadows Workshop: June 15 in Enfield

June 15, 2016 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Enfield Shaker Museum Enfield, NH SAF - 4.5 category 1 CFE credits 6.0 contact hours for natural resources professionals Grasslands and meadows are rare habitats in New Hampshire, and many of the wildlife species that depend on them have declined significantly over the last several decades. Learn about the maintenance required to create or maintain these habitats during a series of indoor presentations, followed by an outdoor field session at NH Fish & Game’s Lower Shaker Wildlife Management Area. We will discuss the ecology and management of grasslands, management of native pollinator habitat, common plants found in these habitats, and the history and management of the Lower Shaker WMA. The afternoon field session will include visits to a variety of grasslands and meadows and discussion of management techniques. Questions? Contact Haley Andreozzi at haley.andreozzi@unh.edu or (603) 862-5327 Visit www.bit.ly/GrasslandsMeadows-Enfield for a detailed agenda and to register. There is no charge for this workshop, but space is limited so register early.

Revised Manual for Erosion Control on Logging Operations Now Available

UNH Cooperative Extension and the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands along with many partners recently released a revised edition of “New Hampshire Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Timber Harvesting Operations.” This manual describes best management practices, or BMPs, for protecting water quality during forest harvests. The BMPs include a wide range of recommended techniques that can be used before, during, and after logging operations. Loggers, foresters, and scientists from New Hampshire and other states have developed these techniques from their own practical experience and research. The handbook is available for download at bit.ly/2016BMPs, or hard copies can be ordered for $6 per copy by using our online order form at bit.ly/orders2016BMPs (limited to 25 copies per order).

2/29/16 Northern Pass SEC Public Hearings

Northern Pass hearings start March 1st, though there is a dispute over the timing of the SEC's hearings. The head of the Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide early next week whether these hearings should be postponed. 

2/23/16 Legislative Update

The NH Legislature is hard at work and NHACC is tracking several bills.


  Bill Docket       Bill Status 

  Bill Text [PDF]    Title: repealing the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)

G-Status: HOUSE

House Status: Committee recommendation by unanimous vote: Inexpedient to Legislate

Senate Status:

Next/Last Comm: HOUSE Finance

NHACC and several other conservation organizations sent a strong letter in opposition to this bill!

 Click here for the status of other bills of concern to conservation commissions.

 Information about pipeline bills can be found here.

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NHACC Membership

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


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