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NEWS & EVENTS
Accessible Trails Conference
With the upcoming release of the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines, communities and land trusts need to know how to sustainably build hiking trails that provide access for everyone. This important conference will help you understand the guidelines and will provide an overview of the techniques and hands-on skills needed to build sustainable hiking trails that provide enjoyment for all. Whether you work with an existing trail or are contemplating a new trail, this conference is for you!
Quabbin to Cardigan Request for Grant Proposals
The Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership (Q2C) request proposals for its first round of grants to support trail projects in the “Quabbin-to-Cardigan” region of western New Hampshire and north-central Massachusetts. The region spans one hundred miles from the Quabbin Reservoir northward to the southern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest, and is bounded to the east and west by the Merrimack and Connecticut River Valleys. Encompassing approximately two million acres, the Q2C region is one of the largest remaining areas of intact, interconnected, ecologically significant forest in central New England, and is a key headwater of the Merrimack and Connecticut rivers.
US Forest Service Report Highlights Crotched Mountain Project
The Crotched Mountain project in Greenfield NH was selected by the United States Forest Service to illustrate the importance and impact of the Forest Legacy Program in the 2014 budget justification document. This was the only Forest Legacy project highlighted in the 500-page report. The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) also provided support to the Crotched Mountain project.
2013 Piscataqua River Estuaries Partnership Grants
The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is offering matching grants of up to $5,000 per project to assist with transaction costs for permanent land protection projects (conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, donations) within the Piscataqua Region coastal watershed area (coastal New Hampshire and part of southern Maine). Grants can be awarded to either qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations or units of government. Currently, a total of $30,000 is available for the 2013 grant round, with a limit of one application per eligible organization.
What YOU Can do for LCHIP in May
Conservation advocates have a key opportunity to support the restoration of LCHIP on May 9. The Finance Committee of the New Hampshire Senate will hold a public hearing on the state’s next two-year budget at the State House in Concord. It will be the public’s one and only opportunity to speak on behalf of LCHIP before the Senate committee in an open hearing.
Land Trust Alliance - Rally 2013
NH at #3 on Locavore Index
New Hampshire came in a surprisingly strong No. 3 among all states on the 2013 Locavore Index, sponsored by a local-agriculture group in Vermont with the funky name Strolling of the Heifers. “Locavore” is a term for people who prefer food from local sources.
Land Purchase Protects Water in Durham
The successful purchase and conservation of 171 acres in Sprucewood Forest along the Oyster River in Durham will permanently protect drinking water for the town and for the University of New Hampshire, The Trust for Public Land has announced.
Sarah Thorne Award
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has honored Charlie Bridges of New Durham with the 2013 Sarah Thorne Conservation Award for his effectiveness in helping to conserve hundreds of thousands of acres of land in New Hampshire.
Two of NH's Best Trout Ponds Protected
Two of New Hampshire's best trout ponds will be protected in the latest effort to ensure outdoor recreation and timber jobs in the Androscoggin River Headwaters, The Trust for Public Land and several partners (including LCHIP) have announced. The ponds are in a 934-acre property that The Trust for Public Land bought for $2.475 million and then sold it to the state.
Hazelton Farm in Hebron protected
Thanks to broad support from the community and state natural resources agencies, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has acquired a conservation easement on 272 acres of land on the Hazelton Farm in Hebron.
Raiding of Dedicated Funds Continues
The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) is a dedicated fund. Since 2007, New Hampshire citizens have paid a $25 fee on mortgage transactions to fund land and historic conservation. When you pay the fee, you assume the money actually goes to conservation. But it doesn't. Over the last five years, almost two-thirds of LCHIP fees have been "swept" into the state's general fund to help balance the budget
Raiding Dedicated Funds All Too Common
Rather than leaving LCHIP's dedicated fund available for conservation and preservation grants as intended, state budget writers have continually dipped into it to beef up the state’s general fund.
Balancing Budget on LCHIP a Shame
In 2008, the state commited to LCHIP when legislators created a separate funding stream to pay for the grants. By taking the LCHIP out of the budgeting process and funding it through surcharges on documents, the thinking went, it would make it a more stable and a more successful program. But when the economy soured, the state Legislature started to dip into the LCHIP fund to balance the budget. Since 2008, more than $10 million of the $16 million raised specifically for the LCHIP program has been diverted to the general fund, and most of that diversion has come in the last two years.
NH DES 2013 Grant Round Opens
The NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is pleased to announce funding available through the Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund Program for wetland restoration, land conservation, or habitat improvement projects. The grant funds are administered by DES’s Wetlands Bureau and used to replace or protect wetland functions and values lost from development projects that generated the funds.
NH House Panel Urged Not to Divert LCHIP Funding
Gov. Maggie Hassan has proposed a big increase in funding for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, known as LCHIP, and a senior GOP legislator yesterday asked House budget-writers to resist any temptation to divert that money to help pay for other programs.
Governor's Budget Restores LCHIP
Governor Hassan INCLUDES Funding for LCHIP in Budget!
2013 "Moose Plate" Grant Round Opens
The Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its Conservation License Plate Grant Programs – also called “Moose Plate” grants – through April 26, 2013.
2013 LWCF Grant Round Opens
Application packages for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants are now available now. The filing deadline for Application Intent form must be submitted by February 1, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. and the all grant applications must be in by 4:00 p.m., May 31, 2013.
Preservation continues at Castle in the Clouds
The Castle Preservation Society (CPS) has been awarded a grant of $20,000 by the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) for another phase of preservation work at the Castle in the Clouds.
LCHIP grants $5,000 to Zimmerman House
The Currier Museum of Art is one of eighteen projects benefitting from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). The Currier was awarded a $5,000 grant for preservation enhancements to the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House.
LCHIP Grant Supports Conservation Easement at Crotched Mountain
NH's Agriculture, Food and Markets Renaissance
Amber Acres Farm in Durham Conserved
The scenic views and productive farmland of Amber Acres Farm in Durham were permanently protected through the purchase of a conservation easement on the 39-acre farm in late December, announced the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire. This success adds momentum to the effort to conserve 211-acres along the Oyster River, a cooperative partnership between the Southeast Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land, known as the Oyster River Initiative.
Castle in the Clouds Receives LCHIP Award
The Castle Preservation Society (CPS) has been awarded a grant of $20,000 by LCHIP, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, for another phase of preservation work at the Castle in the Clouds.
Fish & Game Funds Protection of 934 Acres around Greenough Ponds
Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council have authorized Fish and Game to grant $675,000 toward the purchase of 934 acres around Greenough and Little Greenough Ponds in Wentworth Location and Errol. The Fish and Game grant covers only a portion of the total purchase price for the ponds, the rest of the funding will come from LCHIP ($650,000), N.H. Department of Environmental Services' Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund ($89,000) and private sources ($1,061,000).
More Funds Needed for Belmont's Province Road Meeting House
The Province Road Meeting House, long unused and in disrepair, has been restored - on the outside. The exterior renovations were completed at the end of November with the help of a $50,000 grant from LCHIP. In total, the Belmont Historical Society raised and spent $115,000 fixing up the outside of the building, but needs to raise $50,000 more in the weeks and months ahead to renovate the interior, said the society's Wallace Rhodes.
USDA Community Facilities Loan Workshops
USDA Rural Development is hosting two Loan Workshops in January. Please click the link http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NHVTCommunity.html or read the attachment. Please contact Karen Demers at Karen.Demers@nh.usda.gov with questions or to register. Karen’s phone is 603-223-6045.
LCHIP Funds Repairs to Rindge Meeting House
Shattuck Farm in Jaffrey Protected
NHPR Coverage of Grant Round 11
The protection of 215 acres of land in Durham is among 18 conversation and preservation projects to receive funding through the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program. The program this week announced it would be awarding $475,500 in grants, spread out in various amounts among the 18 projects.
LCHIP Announces Grant Round Recipients
Eighteen land conservation and historic preservation projects are benefitting from support from the state’s popular land conservation and historic preservation grants program, the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (“LCHIP”). The awards will support protection of twelve historic structures dating from 1709 to 1950 and the permanent conservation of 2904 acres.
LCHIP Grant Round Recipients - Photos & Descriptions
USDA Rural Development Grants
Applications Are Encouraged for USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Loans and Grants
Concord Monitor Op Ed about LCHIP
“Close enough for government work.” We’ve all heard the phrase, but it is not exactly flattering to government employees and certainly not what you want to hear in an election year. Despite the myth, we have some great workers in New Hampshire state government. I work with three of them at the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, a tiny state authority which grants money to historical and natural resource projects across our state.
Celebrating NH History week 2012
N.H. History Week was recently celebrated at the N.H. Historical Society in Concord. The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize efforts to preserve, interpret and educate in New Hampshire history.
Laconia Daily Sun Op Ed about LCHIP
A recent statewide survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire on the value of conservation found that an overwhelming majority of voters — 88 percent —believe that conserving land is good for the state's economy because of its benefits to tourism, and jobs in agriculture, recreation and forestry. The same survey found that over 80 percent of voters believe that there should be public funding for land conservation efforts. Try and find another issue where the voters of New Hampshire speak in such a unified voice.
Foster's Daily Democrat Op Ed about LCHIP
With the November general election fast approaching, now is the time to question your state representative, senate and gubernatorial candidates about their support for restoring funding of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). This year LCHIP grants would have totaled zero, nada, zip, thanks to the current legislature, but will amount to $500,000, only because funds were unexpectedly returned by grant recipients. How did things get so bad for a program whose supporters were once promised $6 million in annual funding for grants to protect the state’s most important natural, historic and cultural resources through public-private partnerships?
$2.7 million Requested from LCHIP
The Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) announces that 51 proposals were submitted. The total amount requested is $2.7 million.
Keene's Stone Bridge Highlighted by NPS
In November 2007, LCHIP awarded the City of Keene $25,000 which was matched dollar-for-dollar by a grant from Preserve America to complete a rehabilitation plan for the Stone Arch Bridge. The bridge was recently highlighted on the website of the National Park Service.
NH Voters Support Land Conservation
New survey results find that New Hampshire voters across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support land conservation efforts in the state, believe the state should fund such efforts, and want fee revenues intended for the protection of open land and historic sites used only for those purposes.
California Brook Headwaters Project
The Monadnock Conservancy, in partnership with a broad coalition of funding sources including LCHIP, has recently protected through a conservation easement a 307-acre parcel of forestland in Chesterfield. Formerly known as the Colony property, completion of the California Brook Headwaters conservation easement greatly expands the Conservancy’s efforts to establish a protected greenway corridor between Keene and Pisgah State Park.
LCHIP Contributes $25,000 Smith Land Acquisition in Fremont
Rochester Main St Receives NHPA Award
Heather Tacconi, Board President of Rochester Main Street, proudly holds up the achievement award they share with the City of Rochester for the restoration and stewardship of the Parson Main Statue in Central Square bestowed by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance at their annual awards ceremony on May 8, 2012. Also in attendance (from L-R): Michael Provost -Executive Director of Rochester Main Street, Tracy Hayes-RMS Board Member, Doug Knutsen-Design Committee Volunteer, Rika Smith McNally-Conservator, and Amy Dixon-LCHIP.
DES Announces Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund Grants
The NH Department of Environmental Services is pleased to announce that grants through the Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund are available for eligible wetland restoration, land protection or habitat improvement projects.
New Durham Town Hall receives LCHIP money
Source: Foster's Daily Democrat
LCHIP Funds New Forest for the Town of Albany
Source: Trust for Public Lands (TPL) newsletter
LCHIP Grant Awards & Project List
Grant Round 10 Recipient Photos
Acworth Meeting House Receives Award
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