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Conservation News and Events

Forest Laws for Municipal Officials workshops this November

Town staff and volunteers are encouraged to attend a Forest Laws for Municipal Officials workshop this November. This will be a valuable workshop for new town officials and employees, as well as a refresher course for those that have been around for a while. Topics covered include timber tax, intent to cut forms, wetlands regulations, forest harvest laws, and roads. Find more details, including a registration form, in the workshop brochure.

Registration is requested; see the workshop brochure. For questions about the program, contact Karen Bennett at (603) 862-4861 or karen.bennett@unh.edu.


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Every dollar invested in conservation yields $11 of economic benefit in NH

The Trust for Public Land released their much-anticipated report on NH's Return on Investment in Land Conservation. This study provides a fantastic resource for conservation commissions looking to promote and support land conservation efforts in their towns.

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NHDES Source Water Protection Grants

The 2015 Local Source Water Protection grant application is now available from the Department of Environmental Services here. Funding is available to develop and implement projects to protect existing sources of public drinking water. 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. Descriptions of projects previously funded by this grant program are available on the program’s webpage. Please contact Kelsey Vaughn at 271-2950 or kelsey.vaughn@des.nh.gov or 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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Everything You Need for Annual Meeting

NHACC is doing an online-only registration and a limited release of registration brochures for Annual Meeting. Here are the materials to download and distribute:

Brochure | Poster | Annual Meeting Home Page | Annual Meeting Registration Page | Contact Emily Lord

Thank you for your help in making the 44th Annual Meeting more efficient and environmentally friendly. See you November 1st at Laconia Middle School!

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Registration is Now Open for the 44th Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for one of the best conservation conferences in New England,  NHACC's 44th Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is November 1st at Laconia Middle School 8am-3:45pm.

We are offering 32 workshops this year that we hope will engage, educate, and excite (too bad you can only choose 4!). Session topics include Tackling Invasive Species, Farmland Preservation, Working with the Media, Finding Grant Opportunities, Planning for Climate Change, Engaging Youth and more!

We are also honored to have Senator Martha Fuller Clark as a special guest presenter for a session addressing the status of a legislative study group that is charged with studying the state's role in encouraging land protection in the future.

We have a special deal this year for students and teachers and commissions who want to bring students. Find out more and Rregister now at http://www.nhacc.org/annualmeeting44. And, please forward this link to all of your commissioners. 

See you at Annual Meeting!

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


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