WHAT DOES

NHACC Do?

NHACC is a nonprofit conservation organization that provides education and assistance to New Hampshire's local conservation commissions.

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WHAT DO

Conservation Commissions do?

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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HOW

You Can Help.

Volunteer.
Invest In Your Local Community.
Consider Land Conservation.
And Above All - VOTE!

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Conservation News and Events

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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!

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

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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. 

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.

NHACC Invites Coös County Commissioners & Conservationists to Collaborate
NHACC is excited to invite the North Country to a collaboration and cookout in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension, Coös County Conservation District, and the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation.

Are you a conservation commissioner in the North Country? Want to know how NHACC can support your work? Interested in learning about farmland opportunities? Curious about UNH Cooperative Extension resources? Looking to learn from other conservationists in your county?

Great! Then come join us on Tuesday, July 29th for our collaboration and cookout. This evening is aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Coös County Collaboration Cookout July 29th:
5:00 PM - Meet & Greet Attendees & Cookout
5:30 PM - Welcome & Introductions
5:45 to 8:00 PM - Organization Updates & Sharing Ideas on How to Partner

UNH Cooperative Extension (Granite State Room)
629 Main Street, Lancaster NH 03584

For more details, take a look at our postcard. Please feel free to print or email the card to distribute to those who may be interested in attending.

We ask that you please register for this event because we will be providing local meat and produce for the cookout. Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Lord at EmilyLord@nhacc.org or 603-224-7867.

See you in the North Country!

Become a Natural Resources Steward - Applications Now Being Accepted

The Natural Resources Steward Program may be for you. Open to all, the Natural Resources Steward program emphasizes hands-on learning with topics that include New Hampshire’s wildlife and their habitats, tree identification, evaluation, planting, and care, land conservation and protection, invasive species identification and management, sustainable living and permaculture, ecological landscaping and more. Applications are now be accepted for the next 13-session course taking place Fridays beginning Sept. 5, at Great Bay Community College. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to being a volunteer program, the course can be taken for college credit. For more information and to apply, visit nhstewards.org or call 603-641-6060.

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