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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.

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.

Help Update NH GRANIT's Conservation Lands GIS Data Layer

The Nature Conservancy NH Chapter needs YOUR assistance to update the New Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT) with current conservation land information for your organization or town. With support from a State Wildlife Grant through New Hampshire Fish and Game, Ernest Dankwah, a GIS intern for the TNC, is working on a project to update New Hampshire’s Conservation and Public Lands GIS data layer.  This important dataset is used across New Hampshire by many organizations, agencies, and communities as an essential tool for conservation and planning initiatives. Read More...

Stormwater and Nonpoint Source Project Funding Available to Municipalities

The NH Department of Environmental Services is soliciting pre-applications from municipalities for stormwater and nonpoint source (NPS) projects under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).  While this program has traditionally provided funds for wastewater treatment, this is the second year New Hampshire has set aside $2,000,000 for stormwater and nonpoint source projects.

To apply, complete the simple “CWSRF 2014 Pre-Application:” and check out the Stormwater and NPS Ranking Criteria. CWSRF pre-applications must be signed by the applicant and can be scanned and submitted via email to Dan Fenno. Pre-applications are due by 4:00 pm on June 27, 2014.

Follow here for more informationFor questions email Eric Williams or call 603-271-2358.

NHACC Offers Field Training Series Starting in June

NHACC is proud to announce its first-ever Conservation Commission Field Training Series in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension.

Got beavers? Want to know how to attract more young people to your work? Need volunteers to help with invasives work days? Not sure how to identify a wetland or process an applications? Tired of lugging around maps, compass, and other field instruments?

Great! Then come join us this year for our outdoors based education sessions. These workshops are aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Sessions include:

  • Engaging Youth with your Conservation Commission - Kingston, NH

  • Wetlands Permitting - Concord, NH

  • Mobile Technology for Mapping - Albany, NH         

  • Wetlands Identification - Lyme, NH

  • Learning to Live with Beavers - Merrimack, NH

  • How to Lead an Invasive Plant Work Day - Newmarket, NH

 This is a great to get out and enjoy the outdoors this Spring, Summer, and Fall and learn some essential skills needed for conservation commissions. The best part is that the sessions are free, though there is a $10 suggested donation to help defray the costs of running them.

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

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 field!

Lempster CC hosting Bird Walk Adventure with Eric Masterson

The Lempster Conservation will be hosting a Bird Walk Adventure with Eric Masterson, author of Bird Watching in New Hampshire and Lempster Town Forester, Swift Corwin.

It will be held Saturday, June 7th. Meet at 8am on Earl’s Lane for parking, 2014 rain or shine. Follow Route 10 to Lempster and follow Lempster Mtn Road toward the wind farm, Earl’s Lane will be approx. 1.5 miles from Route 10 on the left, follow to the parking area.

The walk will take place on the Society for the Protection of NH Forests property, the Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest where the group will venture through unique forests and wetlands to view nesting birds.

Almost 200 species of birds occur in New Hampshire during the summer months. The group can expect to see (and hear) many of these on the walk, which will take the group through a variety of habitats including black spruce swamp and spruce fir forest. Expect a variety of warblers of perhaps 10 or more species, including nashville warbler and yellow-rumped warbler. The cast of characters may also include alder flycatcher, winter wren, and hermit thrush.

Attendees are advised to dress accordingly with sturdy footwear, bring their own binoculars, water & a snack and expect an adventure visiting some of Lempster’s hidden treasures.

For further information, please call Sue Lichty at 848-1156.

5/18/14 LCHIP 2014 Grant Round Has Opened

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has opened its 2014 Grant Round. Applications are due no later than noon Friday, June 27, 2014. For more information: http://www.lchip.org/

NH Method Training for Communities

Wetland Evaluation for Communities 2-day training will be held Friday June 20 and Friday June 27, 2014 8:30am - 4:00pm (both days). This two-day wetland evaluation training session is designed for the needs of community leaders and volunteers. It will cover introductory information about the principles of wetland evaluation using the NH Method. Participants will also learn how to use the NH Wetlands Mapper to create the required maps for wetland evaluation through hands on training on computers. The second day of training will be a field session, focused on field identification of wetland types and observation of wetland characteristics that affect their functions. The group will use the field data together with information derived from the mapping to evaluate the wetland’s functions using the NH Method data sheets. Visit http://nhmethod.org/workshops.htm for details and to register.

2014 River Runners Trainings Schedule

Since 2009, the New Hampshire Rivers Council River Runners have been the early detection network for Didymo, Eurasian Milfoil, and other invasive species in our rivers and streams. Training is fun and free and monitoring is easy—just be observant when paddling, swimming, and fishing in your favorite rivers and then report what you find. For training dates, locations and to register visit www.nhrivers.org/river-runners or call 603.228.6472.

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