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Tuesday, 03/03/2015

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 1

“Forests for the People” What’s Next for America’s Eastern National Forests?
David Govatski, US Forest Service (Ret) Co-author of the book “Forests for the People”, David will present a slide-illustrated talk examining the vital ecological, social and economic issues facing America’s eastern national forests today and in the future. Case studies include shale oil extraction, restoration ecology, invasive insects, burgeoning recreation and calls for preservation vs. multiple use management.

 

Additional Dates

March 17th Movie Night: “The People’s Forest”

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Wednesday, 03/04/2015

2015 Community Training in Ecological Design Workshop Series
(All day)

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a four-part training on ecological design from February 4, 2015 through February 25, 2015. Utilizing Permaculture Design Principles, the training is geared towards community leaders, planning board members, conservation commissions, landscape designers and architects, agricultural commissions, and energy committees. Town road agents, maintenance personnel, and engineers would also benefit. CEUs and professional credits are available for AICP CM, AIA, NH Certified Professional Landscapers and NOFA Organic Landcare Practioners.

Participants will be led through a series of conversations, collaborative activities, case study field trips, and a design charrette, introducing the ecological design process that can be applied to communities in the planning and development process or for their own individual properties. Topics will include appropriate technologies, scale, biodiversity, integrated design, and stacking functions.

“This training brings together permaculture concepts and design principles for New Hampshire. Participants will get tools to plan, design, and develop a more resilient and sustainable future for a town’s infrastructure and economy, while working in harmony with the natural world,” says UNH Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Field Specialist Mary Tebo Davis.

The series will be led by a team of professionals, including Davis, Steve Whitman Lauren Chase-Rowell, and Stacey Doll. They will share their expertise in the areas of planning, zoning, landscape and ecological design, natural resources, sustainability, urban forestry, and permaculture. Training dates and locations are as follows:

  • February 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Boscawen
  • February 11, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Boscawen
  • February 18, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Franklin
  • February 25, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., NOFA-NH Winter Conference, Concord
  • (Snow dates: to be announced)

 

Cost for the training is $395. Space is limited. Register online: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=17113

 For more information, contact Mary Tebo Davis at mary.tebo@unh.edu or (603) 641-6060.

Location

  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Thursday, 03/05/2015

Emerald Ash Borer for Birders Workshop
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Help track the Emerald Ash Borer

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, including birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America. Its larvae tunnel just under the bark of ash trees, killing them quickly. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.In this workshop, Molly Heuss with NH Division of Forest & Lands and Steve Roberge, UNH Cooperative Extension, will teach you what to look for and how to report potentially infested trees. They will also discuss the history and biology of emerald ash borer, the status of infestations in NH, the impacts this insect is expected to have on NH’s forests and landscapes, and the steps NH Forest Health officials are taking to manage this insect. Phil Brown of NH Audubon will discuss the birds that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify them, and why their feeding behavior leaves the characteristic “blonding” on the ash trees, as well as provide a landowner’s (NH Audubon) perspective on EAB infestations.

Location

  • Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King's Highway, Hancock, NH, 03449

Wilderness Ethics
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)


Join Antioch University, the MERE Project and the Waterman Fund as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book Wilderness Ethics, with co-author Laura Waterman. This is a panel discussion that will explore definitions of wilderness, how our actions affect wilderness and others' experiences of it, and what the future holds for the wild places of New Hampshire and beyond.

 

 

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Location

  • Antioch University New England, Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Saturday, 03/07/2015

Winter Wildlife Walk with Wildlife Biologist Charlie Bridges
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Participants of this snowshoe outing will be guided by Charlie Bridges who has recently retired from NH Fish & Game. Deep snow and extreme cold have made it a tough winter for our resident wildlife. Charlie will be looking for clues on how some wildlife are faring this winter.

Registration is required. Contact Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125
or email info@mmrg.info.

Location

  • Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Rd., Milton Mills, NH, 03852

Wednesday, 03/11/2015

Beware the Emerald Ash Borer
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Wood stove users be on the lookout! The Emerald Ash Borer has been labeled the most destructive forest pest in North America and has killed ever-widening swaths of ash trees in the Northeast since the late 1990s. It has now been spotted in NH. As outdoor enthusiasts and/or firewood users, YOU can help by learning how to recognize the signs of this highly destructive insect and what you can do if you spot it. Amy Papineau, Field Specialist, and Fred Borman, Rockingham County Forester, of the UNH Cooperative Extension, and Lauren Kras, President of the Seacoast Chapter, will be the presenters. Refreshments are at 7:00 pm. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend the program.

Location

  • Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH, 03870

Friday, 03/13/2015

GIS 101: Learning to Map in the Digital Age
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Topics Covered: basic GIS concepts, free GIS and mapping software, types of GIS data

Learn GIS basics and explore a variety of free GIS and mapping programs (for PC's and Macs)! You will be introduced to the basic concepts of GIS, explore the variety of GIS and mapping software available for free, learn GIS jargon and understand both the applications and the limitations of GIS. This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience and new GIS users.

Participants will learn to: "talk the talk" of GIS by learning basic terminology describe the applications and limitations of GIS, understand the pros and cons of free GIS and mapping software options, download free GIS data.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Saturday, 03/14/2015

Backyard Maple Sugaring - How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup
(11:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

This workshop is for first-timers and beginner maplers having less than 75 taps. All aspects of maple sugaring will be covered, including tree identification and tapping, collecting and boiling sap, finishing, filtering and packing syrup. Equipment and supplies needed, especially sizing and operating small evaporators, homemade and commercial, will also be discussed.

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Location

  • Keene Agway, Martell Court, Keene, NH, 03431

Monday, 03/16/2015

Informational Workshop on New Hampshire Current Use Tax Rules
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

 

Rural landowners of 10+ acres can enroll their property in the state “CURRENT USE” program, and lower their property taxes. However, this protected property also has restrictions on its future use.


We will be there to explain Current Use assessment and the different aspects of the program so you can decide if this land conservation opportunity is right for you. If your land is already in Current Use, this will be a good refresher course to remind you of regulations.


Remember that a detailed written management plan is now required for forestland enrolled in the “Stewardship” category.

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Location

  • Hillsborough County UNHCE Office, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Invasive Insects and New Hampshire Forests
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Featured insects will include: Emerald Ash Borer; Asian Longhorned Beetle; Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

The health of our trees and forests are at risk. Learn about where these insects are, what tree species they attack, what to look for, efforts that are being taken to control and reduce the spread of these insects, and how you can help.

To be held at the Farmington Town Hall, 531 Main Street, Farmington, NH.

Presented by: Wendy Scribner, UNH Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Field Specialist

Specializing in Forestry and Wildlife, Wendy Scribner provides research-based natural resource information and assistance topics including: managing woodlots, selling timber, enhancing wildlife habitat, controlling invasive plants, and improving forest health and productivity.

Wendy is a licensed forester in both NH and Maine and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Forestry from UNH.

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Tuesday, 03/17/2015

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 2

March 17th Movie Night: “The People’s Forest”
The film “The People’s Forest” is the result of a 2-year collaboration between acclaimed film-maker David Huntley, the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University and the Museum of the White Mountains. It is a visual treasury of rarely seen vintage still photos and juttering horse-drawn cinema as well as Huntley’s own breathtaking shots of the White Mountain National Forest today. Film-maker David Huntley will show the film and discuss its impact in NH and elsewhere.

 

Additional Dates

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Wednesday, 03/18/2015

2015 NH Water & Watershed Conference
(All day)

Save the Date

NH Watershed & Watershed Conference is coordinating with the New England Association of Environmental Biologist on a joint conference. The central focus to the event will be regional partnerships.

March 18 - 20, 2015

Agenda will include topics on:

  • Integrated water and watershed research
  • Watershed management
  • Water quality and biotic communities
  • Effectiveness of restoration projects
  • Land use planning
  • Climate change

Who should attend:

  • Water researchers and planner
  • Watershed organizations
  • Policy makers
  • Water resource volunteers

 

Location

  • Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center, Rte. 302, Bartlett, NH, 03812

Hands-On Web Soil Survey Workshop
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

How to Access Soils Information on the Web
Web Soil Survey provides planners, conservation organizations, state agencies, educators, and landowners internet access to relevant soils information needed to make land use and management decisions. Web Soil Survey is a simple, yet powerful way to access and analyze Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey maps, interpretations and data. During this workshop we’ll explore the three easy steps that will allow you to access a soil map for your “area of interest”, create interpretive maps, review a variety of soils data and generate a customized report. Web Soil Survey is an alternative to traditional hardcopy publications that offers quicker delivery of information, provides the “official” copy of data and allows you to obtain just the information you want.

 

Additionally, the workshop will present a primer on New Hampshire soil/landscape relationships and an overview of useful soil related information available on the NH-NRCS website.


Hands-on learning! A limited number of computers (limited to 15 students) will be available to each student to create and print your own soils information. Attendees can plan to bring your own laptop as well (limited to 8 students). Please check appropriate box below as to which option you wish to choose. Space and options will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early!

 

C.E.U.s Available: Soil Scientist, Wetland Scientist, Forester, NHDES Subsurface Bureau – 3.0 credit hours

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
See attached brochure for registration form.


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Location

  • Nancy S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop for Landowners
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)


This is a landowner-focused workshop in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands and the Sugar Hill Conservation Commission to help people prepare for, understand, and identify EAB. Additionally an ash tree will be girdled to stress the tree and we will check back in the spring during the follow-up to this workshop to see if there are any signs of EAB activity. Forest Health Specialist Molly Heuss and county Forester David Falkenham will be presenting at this workshop. 

 

 

Location

  • Sugar Hill Town Hall, 1411 Route 117, Sugar Hill, NH, 03585

Saturday, 03/21/2015

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop and Field Trip
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, especially birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America – which is now present at NH Audubon’s McLane Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.

Molly Heuss of NH Division of Forest & Lands and Tim Fleury of UNH Cooperative Extension will teach you what to look for and how to report potentially infested trees. They will also discuss the history and biology of emerald ash borer, the status of infestations in NH, the impacts this insect is expected to have on NH’s forests and landscapes, and the steps NH Forest Health officials are taking to manage this insect. Phil Brown of NH Audubon will discuss the birds that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify them, and will provide a landowner’s perspective on management of this forest pest.

 

Location

  • NH Audubon Center - Concord, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Monday, 03/23/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Tuesday, 03/24/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 3

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

Stephen Taylor, former Commissioner of Agriculture, is well known as a speaker who is both informative and entertaining. With decades experience as proprietor of a working dairy farm and maple operation in the village of Meriden in Plainfield, Taylor speaks with authority to the rise and fall of the great sheep boom, hill farm culture, the influence of the NH Grange, family dairy farms and 4H. The advent of new niche markets, local foods and farmers markets and unique new specialty “boutique farms” and soaring interest in backyard poultry, sheep and goats, llamas and alpacas – is creating a renaissance for farming in NH. What will markets, climates and public interest add to the red hot trends in our growing agricultural sectors?

 

 

Additional Dates

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Wednesday, 03/25/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Thursday, 03/26/2015

UMass Extension Symposium: Pollinator Health for Agriculture and Landscapes
(08:45 AM - 04:00 PM)

For all sectors of the agriculture, landscape, and grounds management communities, sponsored by University of Massachusetts Extension.

An exciting full day educational program of research based information about native bees, honey bees and protecting  pollinator health. Experts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Maine, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will share their expertise and latest scientific research on pollinator health, designing pollinator support plantings, neonicotinoids in agriculture and landscapes, and bee-friendly landscapes.

For complete program details, agenda, and registration information: click here

Four pesticide contact hours have been approved in all categories for this program, valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

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Location

  • UMass Campus Center Auditorium, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003

Friday, 03/27/2015

Become a Conservation Center Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Naturalist!
(01:30 PM - 04:30 PM)

Are you interested in learning and teaching others about the Emerald Ash Borer in New Hampshire?
Do you live within a reasonable drive from Concord?


Become a… 
Conservation Center Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Naturalist! 

The Forest Society is looking for volunteers to become field naturalist tour guides for the EAB infestation at the Forest Society’s Conservation Center in Concord on the Merrimack River Floodplain– we’ll train you to give the tour, then work with you to schedule occasional tours for groups that request them. The training will be hands-on and will focus on identification of ash trees, field markers and symptoms of EAB in ash, and what people should do if they believe they’ve found EAB in their community. Registration is FREE, but space is limited so sign up soon!

Training Agenda
     1:30-1:45 – Welcome & Introductions
     1:45-2:45 – Indoor Slide Presentation
     2:45-4:30 – Field ID tour/practice

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Location

  • Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH, 03301

Tuesday, 03/31/2015

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 4

Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife
Jim Oehler, State Lands Habitat Biologist, New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept.
The landscape of northeastern and north central states has changed. One big difference is the amount of land now covered with houses, roads, and other development. Another, more-subtle transition has also taken place: We have more mature forest today than we did 50 years ago. Many wildlife species do not live in mature woods. Populations including wood turtle, indigo bunting, New England cottontail, and bobcat have declined. No fewer than 65 reptiles, birds, and mammals – all of which need young forest – have been designated species of greatest conservation need in the Northeast. Learn how the partners in the Young Forest Project are working to change this trend.

 

 

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Thursday, 04/02/2015

New England Cottontail Rabbits: Biology and Management
(07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)


Though once common throughout much of central and southern New Hampshire, The New England cottontail is now only found in the Merrimack Valley and Seacoast regions of the state.

UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Outreach Coordinator Haley Andreozzi will speak about the biology of New England cottontail, management techniques to enhance wildlife habitats, the conservation efforts underway to help restore this rare rabbit, and current state and federal habitat enhancement programs that offer technical and financial assistance to landowners.

Registration is requested, but not required. More information on the event can be found at extension.unh.edu/NEC.

Location

  • Amherst Town Library, 14 Main Street, Amherst, NH, 03031

Friday, 04/03/2015

Coverts Project Advisory Committee Meeting
(02:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Coverts Volunteers Needed!

It's time for our annual Coverts Project Advisory Committee Meeting. All coverts volunteers are welcome to attend and participate in this meeting. 

This year's Coverts Project Advisory Committee Meeting will be:

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - 2:00-4:00 pm
NH Fish & Game Headquarters
11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH

We need your input on how the NH Coverts Project is doing, what we are focusing on, and where we are going in the future.
If you can, please come to this once/year meeting! RSVP to Project Coordinator Haley Andreozzi at haley.andreozzi@unh.edu or call 603-862-5327. RSVP by March 27, 2015.

We'll be sharing the agenda as the date approaches.

Tuesday, 04/07/2015

Making Geodatabases Work for You
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Geodatabases are an excellent file format for managing and maintaining GIS data using ArcGIS.  This workshop will cover fundamentals, tools, and techniques for creating and working with data contained in Geodatabases.  The workshop is focused on intermediate to advanced users of ArcView, however, ArcEditor users will also benefit.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301


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