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State completes 5,100-acre conservation easement north of Newfound Lake

 CONCORD  — The N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development - Division of Forests and Lands has acquired a conservation easement on 3,200 acres of working forests owned by Green Acre Woodlands, Inc. The easement culminates the Cardigan Highlands Forest Legacy Project, a nine-year, federally funded effort that has conserved three tracts of land in Hebron, Groton, Plymouth, Rumney and Dorchester totaling 5,100 acres north of Newfound Lake. These lands will remain open to the public for hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and other traditional recreational uses.

The Cardigan Highlands Forest Legacy Project utilized a grant from the Forest Legacy Program, a federal program implemented by the U.S. Forest Service to help protect environmentally important private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. With assistance from the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (Forest Society), which sponsored the project and helped secure the $3.8 million Forest Legacy Program grant, the NH Division of Forests and Lands completed the last phase of the project in April by purchasing a conservation easement on land in Hebron, Groton and Plymouth. The first phase of the project was completed in February of 2012.

The easement protects the land from commercial development while allowing the landowner, Green Acre Woodlands, to continue to own and manage the forests for sustainable timber production. The easement also permanently conserves two State snowmobile trail corridors that cross the properties. Green Acre Woodlands has previously conveyed conservation easements on other lands in Plymouth and Stewartstown.

The N.H. Division of Forests and Lands has administered about $31 million in Forest Legacy grant funds since the program's creation in 1990, using the grants to protect more than 215,000 forested acres from conversion to other uses.

"As with all Forest Legacy projects, the Cardigan Highlands Project is focused on maintaining working forests so we can maintain the economic benefit of our forest products industry while also ensuring recreational access to these large tracts of land," said Susan Francher, the N.H. Div. of Forests and Lands forester who coordinates the Forest Legacy program in New Hampshire.

The Cardigan Highlands Project lands are located within one of the state's largest relatively unfragmented blocks of forestland south of the White Mountain National Forest, said Brian Hotz, vice president of land protection for the Forest Society. "This project will protect important habitat for wildlife species that require large interior forest areas. It will also conserve thousands of feet of stream frontage and important riparian habitat in the Newfound Lake and Baker River watersheds," Hotz said.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 10:19

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Belknap county sportsmen holding annaul fishing derby

GILFORD — The Belknap County Sportsmen's Association is holding their annual spring fishing derby Sunday, June 7 at Gunstock Pond from 9:00a.m. to noon.

No need to pre-register---the derby is free for all children under 16 years of age. Food and beverages as well as bait are provided free of charge by the Sportsmen's Club, Bank of New Hampshire and Martel's Bait and Sport Laconia . Special trophies will be awarded for first second and third place finishers, all participants will receive a gift compliments of the club.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 10:15

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PSU hosting conference on healthcare facility security

PLYMOUTH —  A day-long conference at Plymouth State University will be focused on healthcare facility security. Registration to the conference does require pre-registration at the following site: www.gtresearch.org. The conference schedule is 7:30 – 5:00 on Friday, June 26.

Topics unique to the industry from large hospitals to the small clinic will be put forth by a variety of experts. One of the speakers will be Bonnie S. Michelman, CPP, CHPA – Director of Police, Security and Outsides Services at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston).

She has held many leadership positions nationally and internationally, lectures and consults on areas of workplace violence, hate crime, domestic violence, risk assessment and disaster planning. She has published in over 60 publications in various journals on safety, security, leadership and management.

She has been an Instructor for the past 27 years at Northeastern University, College of Criminal Justice at both the undergraduate and graduate level programs.

The conference will host several experts addressing today's challenges as they relate to the potential dangers and hazards inherent when dealing and providing services to a divergent clientele most in some form of stress all dependent of a stressed out staff working at being the best they can given the circumstances as well as the "backroom" services provided via networks and assorted cyber applications.

There is no charge for the conference - continental breakfast and a luncheon will be provided. The conference is a product of The Institute for the Study of Global Threats, Inc. – sponsored by the New Hampshire Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and InfraGard-NH Members Alliance, Inc.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 10:11

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Chamber will hold meet and greet at Bead Divine

LACONIA — Bead Divine, the Lakes Region's premium bead supplier and jewelry making and beading learning center, will be hosting the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet event on Wednesday, June 3,  from 4:30-6:30 at it's location at 54 Canal Street, Laconia.

The store is located across the street from Penny Pitou Travel and in between Hair Affaire and Yoga From The Heart. People are invited to come and see all that Bead Divine has to offer in the way of quality beads, beading supplies, class offerings as well as finished jewelry.

In addition to Bead Divine's offerings, there will also be information regarding the 2015 NH Coffee Festival, being held in Downtown Laconia on September 19. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided as well as door prizes from other downtown businesses.
For more information, contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 524-5531. Registration is now open on the Chamber's website at www.LakesRegionChamber.org.

 

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Bead Divine will be hosting the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet on Wednesday, June 3 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Bead Divine 54 Canal St. Laconia. Pictured (L-R) are Lindsay Cota-Robles, Bank of NH; Cari Ordway, Bead Divine; Charlene Smith, QB Support Services; and Donna Harris, Bank of NH. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 10:09

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