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BCM Settles Timber Trespass / Nuisance Case

Jed Callen, Esq., recently negotiated a favorable settlement agreement for one of BCM Environmental & Land Law’s corporate clients.  The client’s abutter excavated sand and gravel across the property boundary several years ago and has agreed to a full restoration of the land, surveyed boundary markings, a buffer, and damages. This settlement agreement helped BCM’s client avoid a potentially lengthy and costly court proceeding in the Merrimack County Superior Court.

BCM Sponsors University of Vermont 5th Annual Food System Summit

What Makes Food Good? That was the central question of the University of Vermont’s 5th Annual Food System Summit, which was held on June 14-15 at UVM.  The debate around what is  “good” food plays out every day, world-wide, in a variety of different venues, from classrooms to courtrooms, boardrooms to dining rooms, and everywhere in between. In a globalized world, with a highly polarized political climate, the stakes are high when it comes to navigating opinions about the characteristics of good food.  Scholars, farmers, scientists, practitioners and various other stakeholders all came together at the UVM Food Summit to discuss the potential answers to this question.

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, is proud to have been a sponsor of this important event.

BCM Sponsors Working With Farms with Commercial Agricultural Potential

On June 8, 2016, BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, in coordination with Land for Good, The Hvizda Team, and the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, sponsored a real estate professional training course entitled Working with Farms with Commercial Agricultural Potential.  The program educated real estate professionals regarding how commercial farm buyers differ from other rural property buyers.  Attendees were provide with guidance, tools and resources relevant to the unique needs of commercial farm buyers, including relevant legal and tax issues, conservation easements, and farm financing options.

NH Lakes Launches 15th Season of the Lake Host Program

Memorial Day weekend not only signifies the start of the recreational boating season for many, it also marks the official start the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) Lake Host Program. This summer, approximately 800 Lake Hosts stationed at 104 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state will teach boaters how to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species—like milfoil and Asian clams—from waterbody to waterbody. Summer 2016 marks the 15th season of this nationally-recognized aquatic invasive species education and prevention program.

The Lake Host Program is funded by grants from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and private foundations, and contributions from municipalities, lake associations, and individuals. Since 2002, Lake Hosts, have conducted approximately 761,735 courtesy boat inspections and captured 1,515 pieces of hitchhiking invasive plants and animals before they were able to infest our waterbodies.

The New Hampshire Lakes Association is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit member-supported organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds. For more information, please visit www.nhlakes.org.

Jason Reimers, Esq., is a member of the Board of Directors of the NH Lakes Association.

Land Conserved in Loudon

Ladd photo

Attorney Jason Reimers is proud to have assisted Lucille A. Ladd in conserving 66 acres of her land in Loudon. In December, Mrs. Ladd granted a conservation easement to the Town of Loudon that will conserve the land in perpetuity and prevent future development. The beautiful property consists of farm land and forests. Selectman Roger A. Maxfield (left) and Conservation Commission Chair Julie Robinson (middle) attended the closing on behalf of the Town.

Attorney Amy Manzelli teaching at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School

Attorney Amy Manzelli’s newest role as a faculty member at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School was highlighted in the October newsletter for CAFS. Read up on the latest news for the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and get the details on the course   Attorney Manzelli will be teaching in the spring. Read the October newsletter or go to the website at www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/center-for-agriculture-and-food-systems.

Pro Bono Honor Roll

Attorney Jason Reimers was honored to be recognized on the Pro Bono Honor Roll in the New Hampshire Bar News. In addition, BCM Environmental & Land Law was recognized for their pro bono work on the Third Quarter 2015 Law Firm Honor Roll.

Attorney Amy Manzelli Selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star


Attorney Amy Manzelli has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. For the seventh straight year, Attorney Manzelli has been selected by her peers as a top rated Environmental Attorney. Attorney Manzelli has been selected as a Rising Star longer than any other environmental attorney in New Hampshire.

Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa 2015

BCM Environmental and Land Law made a quick trip to Santa’s Workshop in December where we dropped off our contribution to this year’s Operation Santa Claus.  We were able to brighten this year’s holiday for four children with everything from Transformers and Tonka trucks to Ninja Turtles and nail polish, with a few Avengers thrown in for good measure!  



Vernon Family Farm Receives Site Plan Approval

The Newfields Planning Board gave unanimous approval to Vernon Family Farm to operate a roadside stand from an existing farm building on the property.   Attorney Amy Manzelli represented Vernon Family Farm in their application to operate the farm stand selling their farm produce at the farm. While specifying that at least 35% of the gross proceeds must be from products produced by the farm, the decision allows the Vernon family to operate the farm stand year round, from 8:00 am. to 6:00 pm.