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  • Lynch’s conservation “green wash” | Conservation New Hampshire
    Character Gov Lynch really means Raiding NH s Conservation Funding While we also question other statements made on his campaign page the Governor s LCHIP assertion is especially insulting to those who have supported the program and tried unsuccessfully to protect it from his consistent plundering over the years The disappointing fact is that the Lynch administration and the Democrat controlled legislature have taken 68 of the funds supposedly dedicated to LCHIP over the past 2 years all for one time fixes to the state s general fund This means the Governor sapped LCHIP of 2 3rds of the money raised for land conservation and used it for other purposes Apparently the Governor s commitment to LCHIP translates into a constant assault on its budget If Governor Lynch would like to support the LCHIP program we hope that he will not only pledge publicly to stop using the LCHIP fund as a piggy bank but will also commit to returning all the money he has taken from this dedicated fund over the past two years That would show a real commitment on the Governor s part to preserving what is special about NH While we don t expect this to

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/land/lynchs-conservation-green-wash/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Lynch | Conservation New Hampshire
    Governor Lynch s statement in support of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program LCHIP on his campaign website We are disappointed because it is not accurate Read More Tags LCHIP Lynch No Comments Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell Colony A Haven For Animals Artists 2550 view s Green Eggs and New HAMpshire 2379 view s

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/tag/lynch/ (2016-05-02)
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  • More taken from conservation fund than spent… | Conservation New Hampshire
    this new 1 5 million grab is not without precedent Since the dedicated fund was put into effect in 2008 LCHIP has granted about 3 1 million to preserve farms forests and historic properties Over this same period if the current budget proposal passes as anticipated the current administration will have taken 6 7 million from the program Another way to look at this is that the current administration and the Democrat controlled legislature have raided 68 of the funds supposedly dedicated to LCHIP over the past 2 years all for one time fixes to the states general fund Apparently the current administration and legislative leaders see this program as the gift that keeps on giving Tags Land LCHIP Comment RSS Trackback One Comment Alexander Lee says June 8 2010 at 9 56 pm That is not as bad as the raid on Ruderman s shop They took money that is not even there yet and more dollars than are likely to show up from what I hear That is creative accounting Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website The Urban Wanderer How a budget solution may hurt NH s

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/land/more-taken-from-conservation-fund-than-spent/ (2016-05-02)
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  • How a budget solution may hurt NH’s environment | Conservation New Hampshire
    state invests multiple dollars are raised by individuals organizations municipalities and the federal government The Governor has already used this fund as a piggy bank when the general fund has needed a boost He has raided the fund to the tune of about 5 million over the past several years and those most familiar with the LCHIP program tell us that another raid may effectively put an end to the conservation program for good The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI is an 11 state agreement and is the nations first cap and trade program to reduce carbon emissions NH along with the rest of the RGGI states auction the right to emit carbon pollution and utilizes the funds generated by the sale of the pollution permits to invest in energy efficiency improvements These investments are matched by private investments in new equipment insulation and other improvements to reduce energy and save money Since the fee is paid for by electric ratepayers some are calling the taking of RGGI money an electricity tax on NH s homeowners and businesses One problem with raiding this fund is that an economic analysis of the program done for the Governor and legislature suggests that using the RGGI money for purposes other than energy efficiency will have a negative impact on New Hampshire s economy The Sportsman and Boaters Public Access dedicated fund provides funding for public access to New Hampshire s lakes ponds rivers and ocean and is funded through a 5 00 fee that is assessed on each boat registration Again this fund was established for the specific purpose of providing public access to the state s water bodies not to suppliment the state s general fund In addition there is a 75 federal match for this program so the state will be losing that money if they decide to take from this fund Even if you do not agree with the aims of these specific programs you should be concerned with the precedent that taking these dedicated funds for general fund purposes represents Not only will these specific conservation programs be affected but allowing the legislature to dip into accounts established by user fees for general fund purposes sets a poor precedent These funds can no longer be relied upon for their intended purposes which will affect municipalities homeowners businesses sportsman and the state s environment The Governor and the Legislature are essentially pulling a bait and switch telling fee payers their money will be used for one purpose while instead using the money for general operations Funding state government is done through taxation and that is essentially what Governor Lynch and the Legislature will be doing by reaching their hands into these funds turning fees into new state taxes In the end if the Governor and Legislature decides to raid these dedicated funds what should the reaction of the conservation community be Most of the people we talk to are at best disappointed in the actions of those legislators who claim

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/water/how-a-budget-solution-may-hurt-nhs-environment/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Raiding Land Conservation Again | Conservation New Hampshire
    less than three years that LCHIP funding has been used to help balance the state general fund The constant raiding by the Legislature of LCHIP is very troubling said Jim O Brien Executive Director of Conservation NH A dedicated fund was established to remove LCHIP from the general fund so that the program would not be taking resources away from other state programs Now the Legislature has their hands in the cookie jar again essentially creating a new state tax collected at the county level to fund general government operations This was not the intent when the legislature conservation organizations and the County Registrars of Deeds developed this funding source The proposed plan would have the legislature take 1 million from the expected FY 2011 LCHIP budget money that currently doesn t even exist and apply it to the FY 2010 general fund budget LCHIP receives its revenue through a dedicated fund collected from a surcharge on certain documents filed with County Registrar of Deeds The program receives no funding from the state s general fund Not only is the legislature again singling out the LCHIP program but this time they are using accounting gimmicks and sleight of hand in order to raid the fund O Brien continued There are over 250 dedicated funds and for purely political reasons the legislature continually raids this particular conservation account A 1999 legislative commission recommended the program be funded at a minimum of 10 million per year The program has never come close to that level and in fact has been steadily losing funding in real dollars each budget At this rate the legislature will soon simply zero out LCHIP despite the dedicated fund The constant raiding of this dedicated fund is irresponsible Attempting to balance the state budget by relying on money

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/land/raiding-land-conservation-again/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Best of NH: Crawford Notch | Conservation New Hampshire
    Notch the governor agreed The first road was officially opened in 1775 though at that point it would be more accurate to label it a trail The first family to permanently settle in the Notch was the Crawfords no points for guessing who the Notch was named after Abel Crawford eventually established an inn bringing tourists to the area for many of the same reasons that we visit the Notch today Abel Crawford and his son Ethan Allen gradually became famous mountain guides Eventually the Crawfords cleared what is now the Crawford Path a trail leading to the summit of Mount Washington Opening in 1819 the Crawford Path is now the oldest continuously used trail in the United States For a time horses were popular on the Crawford Path Ethan faced wild animals fires storms and floods as he continued blazing new trails becoming a bit of a legend in the process We drove past the grandiose Mount Washington Hotel where world leaders had hammered out the Bretton Woods Agreement in the wake of World War II in 1944 Not long after that we pulled over into a parking space near the Crawford Depot the quirky yellow historic building that was built in 1891 as a train station for the Portland Ogdensburg Railroad the top railroad for anyone seeking the outdoors Today the Crawford Depot serves as a historic site information center and gift shop where I bought my brother a hiker s crossing sticker to commemorate his first New Hampshire hike It wasn t hard to decide what trail to hike and as soon as we parked we took off up the Crawford Path towards the summit of Mount Pierce part of the Presidential Range The forested and rocky trail wasn t too difficult and all along the way we encountered what is often lost in the daily bustle of our increasingly busy lives a sense of camaraderie and community It s nearly impossible to pass a hiker without engaging in some sort of conversation and more often than not you ll find yourself discussing the pros and cons of various gear exchanging snacks taking each other s group pictures and swapping distance estimates to hikers going in the opposite direction To this day I have never seen a hiker in a bad mood Pensive yes exhausted certainly but never in a bad mood The trail changed quickly as we neared the summit of Pierce The winds picked up and we put on our jackets stopping at the top to eat lunch and admire the vast green panoramas before us Mount Washington loomed ahead of us its peak obscured by fast moving clouds making it appear mysterious We made better time than I thought so I convinced my brother to trek onward to the top of Mount Eisenhower a fairly short ridgeline hike away When we reached the top of Eisenhower we were blasted with even stronger winds The clouds turned darker We sat around the giant pile of

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/land/best-of-nh-crawford-notch/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Best of NH: Crawford Notch Crawford View – Conservation New Hampshire
    23 2010 by Nate Boesch Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Best of NH Crawford Notch Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell Colony A Haven For Animals Artists 2550 view s Green Eggs and New HAMpshire 2379 view s Community Gardening in NH 1893 view s Facebook Friends Follow

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  • Best of NH: Crawford Notch Crawford View of Washington – Conservation New Hampshire
    on July 23 2010 by Nate Boesch Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Best of NH Crawford Notch Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell Colony A Haven For Animals Artists 2550 view s Green Eggs and New HAMpshire 2379 view s Community Gardening in NH 1893 view s Facebook

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