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Beth Boepple Volunteers with Legal Food Hub

BCM Attorney Beth Boepple was a featured attorney in the Maine Law Journal’s special farm and food law insert highlighting her pro bono legal services to farmers through the Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub program. Beth assists farmers with a variety of legal issues, including entity formation, real estate purchases and leases, and land use issues.

The Sun Shines at the Farm at Eastman’s Corner

On November 9, Attorney Kelsey Peterson toured the Solar Installation at The Farm at Eastman’s Corner in Kensington, New Hampshire with the New Hampshire Chapter of NEWIEE, New England Women in Energy & the Environment, and ReVision Energy.

The Farm at Eastman’s Corner is a sustainability-minded, year-round NH farm and marketplace committed to supporting local farmers and food producers. The NEWIEE group learned about residential and commercial solar energy installations and toured the facility’s behind-the-scenes power system.

NEWIEE has a goal to foster a dynamic and enthusiastic environment for women all over New England and those who care about energy and environmental issues in order to encourage the development of creative solutions to energy and environmental issues.

Jason Reimers Works to “Keep the Whites Wild”

BCM attorney Jason Reimers,  has been hard at work on behalf of a local conservation group, Keep the Whites Wild, to protect and maintain the natural beauty of New Hampshire’s highest peak.  Jason has been working with the group to oppose a recently-built but unpermitted snowcat road to the summit.

To learn more, check out the Union Leader, Berlin Daily Sun, and InDepthNH articles about the road.

 

Beth Boepple’s Work as Chair of Portland Planning Board

All of our BCM attorneys find ways to give back to the communities they live and work in.  Beth Boepple shares her extensive knowledge of land use law with the City of Portland where she lives, by serving as Chair of the Planning Board.

Currently, the Portland Planning Board is considering an application for development at the former Rufus Deering Lumber Company site.  Click here to learn more about how Beth is working to safeguard the quality of life for Portland residents.

 

The Northern Pass Hearings: Intervenor Questions Should Not Be Limited

At the October 23rd adjudicative hearings, BCM attorney Amy Manzelli, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, questioned the consistency of the SEC’s rulings regarding the limiting of Intervenors’ questions.

Click here to read more about Attorney Manzelli’s questions regarding the limits of “friendly cross.”

The Northern Pass Wetlands Impact Debate: Permanent or Temporary?

BCM attorney Amy Manzelli, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, addressed this very issue at the June 20th adjudicative hearings, one of many dedicated to the environmental impacts the Northern Pass project would have if the project is approved and constructed.

Click here to read more about Attorney Manzelli’s questioning of Lee Carbonneau, an environmental scientist hired by Eversource.

Annual NH Land Conservation Conference, Always Special

BCM Environmental & Land Law underwrote Saving Special Places again in 2017. This annual Land Conservation Conference was held on Saturday, April 8th from 8:00am – 4:00pm at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, NH. This critical annual conference gathers land conservationists of all walks to provide focused and timely education and discussion about a myriad of conservation-related issues, including wildlife & forest management, conservation easement tax benefits, climate change adaptation, valuation of conservation easements, re-imagining conservation, accreditation, stewardship, timber harvesting, and option to purchase for agricultural value. Attorney Beth Boepple and Attorney Stephen Wagner attended this once again highly successful day.

BCM Support Helps Bring One of the Largest Environmental Film Festivals to Concord!

BCM Environmental & Land Law was proud to be a sponsor of the 7th Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Hosted by the New Hampshire Rivers Council, this event was held on Friday, March 31th at Red River Theatres in Concord. Despite the typical March weather, the event still brought the crowds out to support the protection and conservation of New Hampshire rivers.

Conservation Law Foundation Seminar a Great Success!

On March 29, 2017, Beth Boepple participated as a presenter at the first seminar for attorneys sponsored by the Maine chapter of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub: “Farm and Food Law: Fielding Employment & Labor Questions.” Beth channeled her former theater experience to play the role of a farmer meeting with an attorney to present some thorny ethical issues for the attendees to consider. The reviews were glowing!

NH Farm & Forest Expo workshop a huge success!

As part of the 2017 NH Farm & Forest Expo, held on February 17, 2017, Attorney Amy Manzelli and other members of the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture lead a timely discussion “Tell it like it is: Frank talk about farming and local land-use regulation” about the impacts, good and bad, of local regulations on farms of all sizes and kinds. Farmer and municipal panelists along with workshop participants shared their perspectives, stories and insight on preventing and resolving conflicts among neighbors, farmers and town boards. Information gathered will be used by the Coalition to develop resources for farmers and their communities to navigate rights and regulations to address municipal agricultural conflict.