Education & Training Opportunities

At NHACC we offer guidance and training to our conservation commissioners on a variety of issues including conservation funding, developing  natural resource inventory, and many other topics. We help educate our members with programs like the on-line Lunch & Learn presentations, Regional Roundtables and our electronic newsletter, NHACC Enews.

Funding for Source Water Protection on Zoom

Sept. 20 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

This session features two presentations from NHDES’ Source Water Protection Programs that will provide an overview of available funding opportunities for projects that protect drinking water sources. Melissa Macheras will present on the Local Source Water Protection Grant Program which provides grants up to $25,000 for communities to complete projects that will protect current or planned sources of drinking water. Molly Thunberg will present on the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Source Water Land Protection Grant Program which provides funding for the permanent conservation of valuable source water protection land. Both presentations will include information about eligibility, the application process, examples of past projects, and tips for submitting an outstanding application. Register Here.

Lunch & Learn Programs

NHACC designed the online lunchtime programs to make it easy for volunteer conservation commission members to keep up with trends and learn new skills to help you achieve your conservation goals. These programs are free to NHACC members and will be recorded.

Technology and its Impact on Stewardship: Conservation Land Monitoring using GPS

Wednesday, September 7 from 12 noon to 1 pm

Charlotte Harding, Stewardship Specialist, NH Conservation Land Stewardship Program (CLSP).

This workshop will focus on utilizing Gaia GPS technology in the field to efficiently and accurately monitor conservation properties. Gaia is a free application that anyone with a smartphone can use to track your route and document observations while in the field. This workshop will be an entry-level guide on how to download the app, upload property boundaries, track and save your route and waypoints, and export data for future use. Learning to use new technology can be daunting. By the end of this workshop you will have the tools and confidence to navigate areas of conservation lands you’ve never been to before.  Register Here

Learn about LiDAR

Wednesday, September 28 from 12 noon to 1 pm.

Shane Csiki, NH State Geologist

The program will introduce the New Hampshire Geological Survey, and its constituent programs that can assist conservation commissions in their natural and cultural resources preservation work. As part of this presentation, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), which provides detailed topographic representations of the Earth’s surface will be discussed. LiDAR has been used to aid in Earth surface feature mapping, such as glacial deposits, floodplains, rivers, cultural landmarks and more. Uses of LiDAR in New Hampshire and its use in New Hampshire’s Geologic Mapping Program will be discussed. Register Here

Agroforestry Practices in the Northeast

Wednesday, October 12 from 12 noon to 1 pm.

Dr. Joe Orefice, Director of Forest and Agricultural Operations, Yale School of Forestry

Learn more about the common practices of agroforestry with a focus on silvopasture and forest farming. This program will provide you with a basic understanding of agroforesty and how it can be applied in the Northeast as a tool for enhancing the productivity of farms and forests. Forest conversion to silvopasture will be discussed, along with the challenges of this practice and the tradeoffs related to keeping forests as forests. There will be time for questions and answers as well. Register Here

Working with Journalists

Wednesday, October 26 at 12 noon

Mara Hoplamazian, NH Public Radio, Reporter, Climate Change

One aspect of a conservation commission’s job is public outreach and education, but it can be a challenge for commissions to help spread the word about their good work. This workshop and Q&A will provide guidance on how journalists and newsrooms work, and how to best approach working with the media to get the word out about your work. Register Here

Handbooks and Guidance Documents

We publish the Handbook for New Hampshire’s Municipal Conservation Commissions, and the NH Municipal Conservation Fund Guidebook. We keep our members up-to-date with monthly E-newsletter with a current list of training opportunities. We provide wetlands guidance documents and sample templates for policies and procedures. Contact the NHACC office if you are looking for examples from other conservation commissions.