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  • CNH Honors Rick Russman as Conservation Leader | Conservation New Hampshire
    in environmental advocacy When asked about his proudest career accomplishment Rick offered several ideas and came to the conclusion he could not pick one above the rest Rick served as State Senator for a decade This provided Rick with a platform to carry out many of his visions It was during his tenure as State Senator that the formation of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislatures occurred NCEL s goal is simple to provide an opportunity for environmental coordination among legislatures The organization can certainly be considered a success with its membership rapidly increasing since its creation 1996 Currently the caucus lists over seven hundred members approximately one out of every ten legislators and has members from every state While NCEL provides collaboration at the national level Rick also remained focused on issues close to home He became a supporter of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program or LCHIP Russman was the primary sponsor of the bill and his work has been rewarded A list of LCHIP s work is not only lengthy but also significant The scope of projects varies from the purchase of land to preserving historic town buildings all of which can be enjoyed by their local communities and visitors Mr Russman is at the forefront of environmental advocacy While most people have only started analyzing environmental impacts his career has made him an experienced veteran When asked about the biggest change in the public s perspective from the beginning of his efforts to the present his thought was that people over the years have come to understand the significance of a bad environment What bad water means what dirty air means what the strip mall going up in a beautiful location means While this conclusion may not seem like the most optimistic being able to identify the problems our society is facing is the first step in resolving these issues Another one of Rick s enduring legacies is none other than Conservation New Hampshire an organization he helped create in 2004 He views CNH as an important step between the people and the elected officials As voters are realizing the Environment is a pressure point issue CNH s job is getting the right people into office and then also trying to move the people that are in office to a better place in terms of environmental protection His reason for helping to found CNH was simple Conversations from his work in the Senate taught him that people live in New Hampshire for a higher quality of life and for a clean and natural environment thus the need for the state to begin understanding the significance of clean air clean water and having open space Rick knew that when asked directly many citizens agreed that the Environment was important Yet when faced with an open ended question many would not label the environment as an issue With these two points of action established CNH was born True to his word Rick has always been about getting

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  • Award | Conservation New Hampshire
    it was also an opportunity to celebrate as Conservation New Hampshire presented their first Annual Leadership Award This year CNH recognized Rick Russman for his lifelong devotion to preserving New Hampshire s Environment After receiving the award I had the Read More Tags award Conservation NH Rick Russman 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell Colony

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  • Conservation NH | Conservation New Hampshire
    But it was also an opportunity to celebrate as Conservation New Hampshire presented their first Annual Leadership Award This year CNH recognized Rick Russman for his lifelong devotion to preserving New Hampshire s Environment After receiving the award I had the Read More Tags award Conservation NH Rick Russman 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell

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  • New Hampshire’s Artist Laureate Gets His Materials Where He Gets His Inspiration | Conservation New Hampshire
    apprenticed with master European cabinetmaker Alejandro de la Cruz more than thirty years ago contains Lamb s collection of 1880 1910 woodworking machinery He began his collection as a teenager because he couldn t afford modern equipment Much of the machinery was made here in New Hampshire by the John A White Company in Concord and Dover Lamb displays his collection in the 19th century Belmont mill warehouse that he saved from demolition when he took it apart and rebuilt it onto his existing studio Lamb s studio also connects him to tradition because of its location the studio is right next to Shaker Village where Lamb grew up Although he s not a Shaker himself the Shakers furniture making traditions and their attention to detail and careful craftsmanship certainly rubbed off on him He also appreciates that the village protects a lot of land with a conservation easement Those ponds attract so much wildlife and birdlife he adds It s really a beautiful environment His work is not limited to Shaker style pieces however Competent in numerous design languages Lamb works with his clients to best match their aesthetics But a few things do show up in a lot of his work plants especially wildflowers are found in the finely carved patterns on many pieces of Lamb s furniture These plants of course are mainly ones found in New England I ve always been a lover of wild flowers he says the wild iris cattails He also notes that his father worked at Harvard University s Arnold Arboretum So I utilized that as a form Interestingly this year the Arboretum is having a show from August 7th to September 16th References to the arboreal source of his materials are visible in the shapes and textures of what Lamb makes

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  • David Lamb | Conservation New Hampshire
    s fifth Artist Laureate Although many artists are inspired by the state s forested landscape Lamb is one of the handful who make art from pieces of the landscape itself There are many woods that I think are exemplary that we Read More Tags arts David Lamb forest forests Land New Hampshire People Health No Comments Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant

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  • Forest | Conservation New Hampshire
    Samuels Gifford Pinchot an instrumental figure in modern American conservation was born 145 years ago today Although not exactly a household name the Connecticut native and graduate of New Hampshire s own Phillips Exeter Academy was the first Chief Forester of the United States Forest Service working with Theodore Roosevelt to create and expand the National Forest System Pinchot can Read More Tags forest forests Gifford Pinchot Land No Comments Read the rest of this entry The Weeks Act Savior of the White Mountain Forests Posted on July 19 2010 by Nate Boesch If you have ever enjoyed the hiking camping skiing and scenery that the 780 000 acre White Mountain National Forest has to offer you have the Weeks Act to thank The White Mountains of a hundred years ago would have been almost unrecognizable to those familiar with the area today it was virtually barren of trees due Read More Tags deforestation forest trees weeks act white mountains 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry The Next Best Time to Plant a Tree Deforestation in NH Posted on June 30 2010 by Nate Boesch New Hampshire is currently the second most forested state in the country trailing

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  • Bringing a Reef Back to Great Bay | Conservation New Hampshire
    to Konisky a three threat is the culprit in the 95 die off The first of these is disease Two parasites traveled from the south to hit Great Bay in the 1990s and hit oyster populations hard The second is water quality as development on NH s seacoast has increased so too have silty deposits and excessive nutrients Silt covers existing beds and the rock or shell bottoms that oyster larvae or spat need to latch onto Spat requires a hard surface to mature which silt fails to provide Nutrients can lead to algal blooms depriving the water of oxygen Finally harvesting still has an impact though much smaller 300 harvesters are allowed to take half a bushel of oysters a day The good news if there could be any out of this is that the oysters that are left in the bay are resistant to the parasites By 2006 these oysters were loaded with spat according to Konisky What was lacking were hard bottom places for spat to make a home And that s where these tons of shells come in In 2009 a pilot project was launched by Dr Ray Grizzle s Oyster Restoration Program at UNH and The Nature Conservancy to place recovered shells in Great Bay near the mouth of the Oyster River The hope was that the shells would provide a spot for spat to latch on and the beginnings of a new reef would form In July one fifth of an acre of shells was laid down Upon return to the site in the fall researchers found 30 live spat per square meter indicating 25 000 total With this level of success the ante was upped for 2010 and a full acre of shells is expected to be laid down in the bay Ray Konisky with the bagged shells Of course shells aren t particularly easy to come by nor are they easy to transport A consortium of three restaurants on the seacoast with help from the Coastal Conservation Association donates approximately 10 tons of shells to the effort While this seems like a lot each ton is only enough for one 20 foot diameter circle The vast majority of the shells is donated by Blount Seafood in Warren RI The shells are trucked to Kingman Farm where this year s batch has quarantined for six months In July the bagged shells will be placed on a 50 foot barge and dropped on the Great Bay floor at the rate of 25 bags a day The reef is augmented by spat on shell which are hatchery raised larvae placed both on the new reef as well as on the docks of 30 volunteer homeowners The larvae come from UNH s hatchery at Jackson Lab The effort required to lay down shells is significant Financing and logistics are the two major hurdles that must be overcome each year For example loading the shells requires heavy equipment and the work is very labor intensive State government

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  • Great Bay | Conservation New Hampshire
    several long rows of compost steam rolling gently off the recycled remains of unfinished meals from University of New Hampshire dining halls This old farmland in Madbury seems an unlikely place to come across seashells But Read More Tags Great Bay Oysters seacoast The Nature Conservancy UNH University of New Hampshire Water No Comments Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924

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