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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.


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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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