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Conservation News and Events

Federal Grant Money Available for Recreational Projects

The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation announces Grant Round Twenty-Seven of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is a federal 50/50 matching grant program of the National Park Service targeted at preserving and enhancing opportunities for outdoor recreation. Various levels of government are eligible to apply including cities, towns, counties, and school districts. Funds may be used for the development of facilities and/or acquisition of land for public outdoor recreation use.

Application packages and information for the LWCF grants are available now on nhstateparks.org under Partner and Community Resources. Notices of Intent must be submitted to the Division of Parks and Recreation by 4:00 p.m. on September 26, 2014. Final applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015.

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Save the Date: NHACC Annual Meeting - Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Laconia Middle School


Schedule and sessions to be announced in September. Check our Annual Meeting page anytime!

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Are You the Next NHACC Annual Meeting Sponsor?

NHACC is seeking partners to sponsor our 44th Annual Meeting and Conference held this year on November 1 at Laconia Middle School. The following is an excerpt from our Executive Director's appeal letter. The full letter can be accessed here and the sponsorship form can be found here.  

A couple weeks ago, my 5-year-old son Rory and I went to the town beach for a swim for a couple hours. After that, we went to the local bike trail and rode for another two hours. As our ride was finishing, he turned and asked me, “What are we doing next, Dad?” “Next?” I said, “We just did two-thirds of a triathlon; how about a nap!”

As challenging as it is keeping up with Rory and his 1-year-old brother Eliot, my wife and I count our blessings that we have children inspired when they’re outside. Whether it's a trail for tracking wildlife, or the CSA where we pick up our fresh veggies, or a lake we swim in, the work of conservationists before them made those opportunities possible for us.

That’s why it is critical to NHACC’s mission to catalyze the next generation of conservationists to sustain the work of the last 100 years. That’s why the theme for our Annual Meeting this year is “Inspiring Young Conservationists.” 

And, that’s why NHACC needs your help by sponsoring this year’s event.

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Forest Products Road Manual Available from UNH Cooperative Extension

A revised edition of the “Forest Products Road Manual: A Handbook for Municipal Officials and the Forest Products Industry” was released in spring 2014. This manual is a guide for both municipal officials and the forest products industry to improve everyone’s understanding of the laws that govern public roadways. The document can be downloaded from the UNH Cooperative Extension website.

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Change in Procedure for Submitting Wetlands Dredge and Fill Permit Applications to NHDES

As of June 17, 2014, town and city clerks are no longer required to mail Wetland Dredge and Fill permit application forms to NHDES. Town and city clerks are now only required to sign and certify that the municipality in which the property is located has received four copies of the application form and attachments. 

After the town or city clerks signs and certifies receipt of the application form and attachments, the applicant is responsible for either mailing or hand delivering the original permit application form and attachments to NHDES. Permit application forms can be hand delivered to NHDES during normal business hours; Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. 

Town or city clerks must still ensure a copy of the permit application form and attachment are provided to the local governing body, and, if any, the municipal planning board and the municipal conservation commission. The town or city clerk must also retain one copy of the permit application form and attachments to be made reasonably accessible to the public. 

If you have questions about this new procedure, please call (603) 271-2147. 

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NHDES Urges Well Water Testing

In light of a recent study released by the U.S. Geological Survey, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) once again urges everyone with a private well to test their water. The USGS study found that 80,000 residents in Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford counties alone may have unhealthy levels of one or more toxic metals in their drinking water. Many contaminants cannot be detected by taste or smell, so testing is the only way to detect them. NHDES recommends that well owners have their water tested every 3-5 years through an accredited laboratory.

For more information on NHDES's testing recommendations and a list of accredited laboratories, visit www.des.nh.gov and select private well testing from the A to Z list, or call the NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau at (603) 271-2513.

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


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