NHACC is pleased to present a wide selection of 27 training sessions this year. We are working on the training session schedule and plan to have an updated session list in the coming weeks. This year we are offering a variety of workshops, divided into three different sessions, each an hour and 15 minutes long. We have a special two-part workshop this year for wetland identification training and we are also offering a natural resource inventory field trip.

We will offer several "Fundamentals" workshops to build upon the traditional Conservation Commission 101 workshop. The Fundamentals workshops cover some of the essential topics that conservation commissioners will deal with in their work. These sessions are ideal for both new conservation commissioners and those looking to brush up on their skills and see what's new in the field. 

The workshop schedule from 2018 is outlined belowChoose ANY 3 SESSIONS from the 9 topic groups: Foundations, Wildlife, Protection Natural Areas, Partnerships, Financial Fitness, Environmental Impacts, Land Protection, and Land Management. To learn more about each session and its presenters, download the Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios:

Session A Descriptions | Session B Descriptions | Session C Descriptions

Presenter Bios 

Please note that seating is limited. If a workshop you would like to attend is full, please review the other workshops and select another choice.  On the day of the conference, we will provide a small number of extra seats for each classroom to help accommodate any drop-ins for popular sessions. Registered attendees will be given first priority seating over drop-ins.


Workshop Session A Session B Session C
  10:15 am - 11:30 am 12:45 - 2:00  pm 2:15 - 3:30 pm


Room 1003 

Fundamentals of Conservation Commissions;  Tracy Tarr and Zack Boyajian, NHACC Board of Directors   

Know Your Natural Resources - Use Your NRI!; Amanda Stone UNH Cooperative Extension

Do More with Your NRI Field Trip; Jeff Littleton, Moosewood Ecology


Room 1004

DES Wetland Rules Update; Mary Ann Tilton, NH Depart of Environmental Services

Wetland Identification;  Rick Van de Poll, Ecosystems Management and Mark West, West Environmental

Wetland Identification Field Trip;  Rick Van de Poll, Ecosystems Management and Mark West, West Environmental


Room 1012

Siting Trails with Wildlife Considerations in Mind; Rachel Stevens Stewardship Coordinator NH Fish & Game Department

Beavers in NH: An Ecosystem Engineer and Sometimes Problematic Species; Pat Tate, NH Fish & Game and Skip Lisle, Beaver Deceiver

NH Coyote Encounters, Minimizing Impact; Chris Schadler


Room 1018

Setting Up a Stewardship Program; Steve Walker, Stewardship Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives. 

DES Wetlands Protection and Enforcement; Jay Aube, NHD DES Land Resources Management

Forest Fragmentation: Connecting the Dots; Geoff Jones, Loveland Forestry


Room 1021

How Conservation Planning Can improve Effectiveness, Jared Hardner and John Harvey

Amherst Conservation Commission

All About Aquatic Species in NH; Krystal Costa and Kelly Buchanan, NH Lakes

Students Partner with Local Conservation Commissions; Bob Johnson, Cooperative Middle School and Liz Wilson, Epping CC


Room 1022

Intro to the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund; Erin Holmes NH DES

Conservation Fund Best Practices; Stephen Buckley, NHMA Attorney

Grant Writing, Tips for Getting Started; Anna Boudreau, Truslow Resource Consulting


Room 1026

Model Solar Ordinances; 

Clayton Mitchell Ph.D., Esq. UNH 

Mark Fougere, Fougere Planning & Development

ATV in the Landscape Can There Be Peaceful Co-existence?; Will Abbott, Forest Society 

Climate Change In NH: Connecting the Dots; Sherry Godlewski, NHDES  


Room 1027

Land Conservation Options; Andy Deegan, Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust

In it Together--Land Trusts and CCs; Gal Potashnick, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

From Fallow to Flourishing: Using Town Land for Farming; Amy Manzelli, BCM Environmental & Land Law and Stacy Cibula, Monadnock Conservancy


Room 1030

Benefits of Community Forests; Karen Bennett UNH Extension  Sand & Gravel Pits: An Unnaturally Natural Landscape; Melissa Doperalski NH Fish & Game Department 

Wetland Buffers; Steve Miller, Coastal Training Program Coordinator Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve





BCM Environmental & Land Law
Beaver Deceivers
Ecosystems Management Consultants
Ideal Concrete Block Co.
Kane Conservation
Marc Jacobs, CWS
NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists
NH Conservation Real Estate
Ransmeier & Spellman
ReVision Energy
Truslow Resource Consultants
Voices of Wildlife NH
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