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  • Crawford Notch | Conservation New Hampshire
    that we reside in a state with a vast amount of natural beauty at all times rugged and scenic A perfect example of this is Crawford Notch State Park The day my younger Read More Tags crawford notch hiking New Hampshire State Parks 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

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/tag/crawford-notch/ (2016-05-02)
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  • State Parks Need a Vision – and a Realistic Budget | Conservation New Hampshire
    January listening to the statements made by the state parks director and reviewing the history of park funding New Hampshire is the only state in the country that literally does not support its state park system no money from the general fund is allocated to our parks There are many instances where we can be proud of doing things our own way but this is definitely not one of them The current funding scheme was signed into law in 1991 and mandates that the entire operation care maintenance and marketing of the park system be funded solely by user fee revenue That is 92 properties encompassing the state s important natural and historic assets two ski areas 606 buildings 380 employees as well as all the marketing and advertising to reach out to potential visitors all funded by some beach goers campers hikers swimmers and skiers This decision immediately created a structural deficit in the park system which has had unfortunate and real world consequences According to Austin the deficit has averaged about 400 000 per year This has led to deferred maintenance operating losses lost opportunities and staff shortages over the past two decades It should have been immediately obvious to those in the Parks Division leaders in the Department of Resources and Economic Development and our elected officials that the self funding scheme would be incompatible with the mission of the park system and the state s responsibility to manage it Instead it has taken 20 years and newspaper reports of overflowing toilets and prostitutes setting up shop in a state park parking lot to bring widespread public attention to the problem Many question the priority that DRED has given to the park division and some have suggested that the Parks Division be moved from under its management

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  • New State Park Plate Coming Soon | Conservation New Hampshire
    plan agreed to today calls for the creation of a new state park symbol to be made available for purchase and printed on individual license plates The symbol would be available on normal plates and the popular Moose Conservation Plate The symbol will not be available for other specialty plates such as the New Hampshire Veterans Plate The cost of the state park symbol will be 85 in addition to registration and other fees and will enable the automobile and its passengers free access to state park facilities Proceeds from the sale of the State Parks Plate will be designated to a fund to support the maintenance and operation of New Hampshire s state parks The creation of the state park symbol will provide New Hampshire residents the ability to showcase their support for New Hampshire s state parks The agreement reached this morning will form a committee to work on the design of the symbol and the implementation plan No date has been established for the start of the program although Senator Martha Fuller Clark voiced support for the plates to be on sale by summer 2011 Sponsors and advocates of the state park license plate do not expect

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  • The Future of NH State Parks | Conservation New Hampshire
    the country that is entirely self funded the system has found itself struggling to keep up with park demand upkeep and improvements At the same time it suffers from a growing total deficit of 1 8 million On November 23 2009 the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation released the New Hampshire State Park System Ten Year Strategic Development and Capital Improvement Plan The new plan lays out a number of steps including management restructuring better use of volunteers and the categorization of parks to see the system through the next decade But perhaps one of the most critical of these steps according to the plan is direct state funding Ted Austin director of the Division of Parks and Recreation introduced the plan at a press conference and video of his remarks can be found below The latest news on the State Park Development Plan can be found on the NH State Park website Director Austin on State Park Plan Part 1 Director Austin on State Park Plan Part 2 Tags Land New Hampshire People Health State Parks Water Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website

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  • Rethinking Transportation in NH | Conservation New Hampshire
    its romanticism and we realize that reducing the amount we drive is essential The immediate benefit is very simple the less you drive the less you spend on gas and maintenance If you want a surefire way to frustrate yourself add up all the money that you have spent on fueling your vehicle s and think of what else that money could have gone toward And of course there is the fact that CO2 emissions from driving make up a very large portion of total CO2 emissions which we all by now should know contribute to climate change There are also many other less touted benefits of driving less For one the less we drive the more we reduce health risks associated with motor vehicle pollution If we drive less we will have more time for more productive tasks such as catching up on current events reading a good book or even taking a nap Furthermore if we consume less oil we will begin to reduce our dependence on questionable regimes in Iran and Venezuela among others to give us our fix Not to mention that oil and other fossil fuels are nonrenewable we would be wise to consume them judiciously Fortunately community transportation though far from perfect manages to cover every one of the problems listed above to some degree and given evidence that driving is declining in the United States plans for high speed passenger rail in New England and funding for community and public transportation currently more available than in the past now would be a critical time to be aware and get involved Pages 1 2 Tags community driving emissions Transportation Comment RSS Trackback 2 Comments Erin says June 17 2010 at 8 52 am What do you think about the effect of technology on reshaping

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/transportation/rethinking-transportation-in-nh/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Driving | Conservation New Hampshire
    are tenets of the now proverbial American Dream When I turned sixteen and the realization hit me that I was no longer confined by what rides were available or what was within biking distance I heartily took advantage Read More Tags community driving emissions Transportation 2 Comments Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell Colony A Haven For

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  • Interested in passenger rail for NH? Then check out this coalition. | Conservation New Hampshire
    and NH Advocacy Center Director at the Conservation Law Foundation Support for expanded rail service is growing in the state as advocates and public officials have been working hard to promote Amtrak s Downeaster service and bring back passenger rail to Nashua Manchester and Concord In 2007 legislation passed which created the Rail Transit Authority which is actively overseeing the development of passenger rail in New Hampshire In addition the Governor s Climate Change Task Force recommended in their Action Plan that investing in passenger and freight rail service is a key strategy to decrease vehicle miles traveled develop more sustainable land use patterns and decrease carbon emissions NERC s vision is a New England rail system that Better connects the New England states with one another with other regions and with Canada Serves as an engine for sustainable economic growth Builds vibrant walkable transit oriented cities and towns Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution and reliance on foreign oil Provides greater transportation choice for people and goods These are ambitious goals and we are excited about working with our New England colleagues to help build a vibrant and sustainable New Hampshire transportation system which includes both passenger and freight rail While the day when we can board a train in downtown Nashua or Manchester for a commuter trip to Boston may be years away the on the ground planning and advocacy work is being done now so get involved All aboard Tags commuting New Hampshire rail Transportation Comment RSS Trackback 2 Comments Erin Wietecha says May 27 2010 at 11 09 am I daydream about the possibility of taking a train from NH to Boston Have done so for about 15 years Here s hoping Chris says June 3 2010 at 1 15 pm Erin Your daydream would

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  • Commuting | Conservation New Hampshire
    Tags commuting New Hampshire rail Transportation 2 Comments Read the rest of this entry The Cost of Commuting Posted on May 12 2010 by Michael O Meara A new report from the Urban Land Institute ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing explores the combined costs of housing and transportation for families in the Boston Region including areas of Southern New Hampshire The report entitled the Boston Regional Challenge and released

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