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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.

BMC Land Use and Zoning Seminar Insightful and Helpful

Attorneys Amy Manzelli, Jason Reimers, and Beth Boepple, from the law firm of BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, held a two day seminar for the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education. Held from Thursday December 1 and Friday December 2, 2016 in Manchester, NH, the seminar, “Land Use and Zoning from Start to Finish,” covered topics such as Navigating the Land Use Approval Process presented by Attorney Boepple, Appealing Zoning Decisions: Local, Regional and State Considerations presented by Attorney Reimers, and Variance Essentials: Showing Zoning Rules Create Hardships presented by Attorney Manzelli. BCM Environmental & Land Law was proud to be a part of NBI’s continuing education and to share their knowledge, insight and perspective with other legal professionals in what can be a confusing and overwhelming challenge for their clients.

BCM Represents Opposition to the Proposed Cog Railway Hotel on Mount Washington

BCM Represents Opposition to the Proposed Cog Railway Hotel on Mount Washington

 

The Berlin Daily Sun recently reported on the efforts of Keep the Whites Wild, an organization formed to protect Mount Washington and to oppose the construction of a proposed hotel in the alpine zone less than one mile from the summit.  Attorney Jason Reimers represents Keep the Whites Wild, which is comprised of residential landowners, long-time outdoor professionals, and local and regional recreationalists.

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.

Clean, Drain and Dry

By: Jason D. Reimers, Esq.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has declared June 2016 to be Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Month.

Just to remind you of how invasive species can harm water quality, property values, tourism, swimming, and boating, milfoil can be spread by just a few-inch piece and then grow up to 15 feet, choking off acres of native species and making it terrible to swim.

The Asian clam is sharp and will cut your feet. Many invasive species, such as the Asian clam, Chinese mystery snail, and the spiny water flea can spread unseen as microscopic larvae in drops of water. This is why it is not enough to simply remove visible vegetation hanging from your boat’s motor or trailer.

Hassan signed into law a bill that prohibits the negligent transport of aquatic plants and aquatic weeds. This law specifically applies to boaters and is applicable to boats on rivers, lakes, and ponds.

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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.