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NHACC is a nonprofit conservation organization that provides education and assistance to New Hampshire's local conservation commissions.
Conservation commissions are local conservation volunteers who work to study and protect natural resources.
Conservation commissions are very active in New Hampshire!
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Find out what is happening at the State House
NHACC continues to monitor nine bills that may be of concern to conservation commissions in the state. There are no hearings scheduled for any of the bills we are tracking this week.
Decisions made in Senate and House Sessions on April 20, 2017:
HB 163 relative to the responsibility of a municipality to enforce its ordinances has already passed the House. The Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee report recommends Ought to Pass by a vote of 5-0. Passed by full Senate on 4/20/17.
SB 116 requiring notice to affected municipalities of energy siting facilities passed the Senate as drafted. The House Municipal and County Government Committee report recommends Ought to Pass with Amendment (Proposed SB 116 Amendment ). Bill Passed with Amendment by full House on 4/20/17.
House and Senate Schedules:
The Senate meets next on April 27. The Calendar for the April 27, 2017 Senate Session is here: 4/27/17 Senate Session
The House meets next on May 4; the calendar is not yet available for that session. The current House Calendar, which includes information on deadlines, hearings, meetings, etc., is available here: 4/21/17 House Calendar
Deadlines are approaching for Committee Reports (Recommendations) in both bodies.
Bills that have had hearings held in second Legislative Body awaiting Committee Report (Recommendation):
HB 170 Relative to posting notice and minutes of public meetings on the public body’s website: Senate Judiciary (Hearing held on 4/4/17)
HB 246 Relative to timber trespass: Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee (Hearing held 3/28/17).
HB 337 Relative to municipal regulations of small wind energy systems: Senate Energy & Natural Resources (Hearing held on 4/4/17) House Room 103
SB 30 Defining woodland buffers and relative to such woodland buffers for the purposes of the shoreland protection act: House Resources Recreation & Development (Hearing held 3/29/17).
SB 48 Establishing a commission to study changes to the Fish & Game Commission & Department: House Fish & Game & Marine Resources (Hearing held 3/28/17).
Laid on the Table:
HB 462 relative to rules of the site evaluation committee. Tabled by the House on 3/9/17.
Please let us know if you have any other inquiries for bills that may be of concern to your commission; we will be happy to look into them for you. Other commissions may also be interested too so please pass this information along to others.
Drinking Water Source Protection Conference
Clean drinking water is vital to public health and the potential for future economic development. Even very small quantities of contaminating substances in lakes, rivers, or aquifers can limit their use as sources of clean drinking water. Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) convenes a conference concerning how to protect local drinking water resources that is designed for local planners, conservation commissioners, water supply managers, and other local leaders.
Thursday, May 18, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. This is the largest drinking water source protection event in New England! This year’s conference will feature presentations on:
The conference fee is $60 and includes lunch and refreshments. Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours NH Water Works Operator Certification Program.
REGISTER at American Ground Water Trust website: https://agwt.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=239
Souhegan Sustainability Fair
The Wilton Conservation Commission is sponsoring the Souhegan Sustainability Fair at the Wilton-Lyndeborough High School on Earth Day, April 22, 2017 from 10AM-4PM. The goal is to learn, celebrate and act on issues and topics around socially and environmentally responsible living.
The NHACC is extending a very special invitation to the 10 conservation commissions within the NH Souhegan River watershed. This event is creating space for us to host several “Birds-of-a-Feather” roundtable discussions for conservations commissions from 10 am to 12 noon.
Protect our Planet
This family-friendly event features speakers, exhibits, food, music and workshops. One of the events is a student competition; “Protect our Planet”, that will feature 10 minute presentations, three of which will be selected to take to the state legislature for action. So the stage is already set for more than talk.
Regional Events for Conservation Commissions
This spring NHACC will host Conversations with a Wetland Scientist in two locations:
NHACC will coordinate two regional roundtable discussion with local conservation commissions at the following locations:
For more info go to Bills of Concern spreadsheet to check the status of each bill listed.
What you can do:
To contact your State Representative, go to the General Court website and search for your legislator.
NHACC with partners UNH Cooperative Extension and the Northern Forest Center are seeking to inventory all town-owned conservation lands in New Hampshire. This is a substantial project, and you can help. Cooperative Extension’s county foresters are currently reaching out to town officials and volunteers to help answer some key questions about town-owned conservation lands. Through this inventory, we hope to find out what town-owned land contributes to the economy, ecology, and society of New Hampshire and its towns.
Providing information about town-owned conservation lands doesn’t mean that a town intends to do forest management; town forests and other conservation lands are more than timber. Another part of this project is updating GRANIT’s Conservation/Public Lands layer. We expect to add many tracts that were not previously represented in the layer.
In most cases, the county foresters are speaking with town conservation commissions. If you haven’t heard from your county forester yet, you will soon! We are trying to collect as much information as possible by April 30.
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.
We've just received word from Governor Hassan's office. She's vetoed SB 324, and we couldn't be happier!
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).
Emerald ash borer was recently discovered in Gilmanton, NH. A public meeting about EAB and the quarantine on ash products and hardwood firewood takes place July 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room 1 (the multipurpose room) of the Belknap County Complex, 34 County Drive, Laconia. For more information, click here or visit nhbugs.org
NHACC is the only organization specifically serving the needs of conservation commissions in New Hampshire.