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Beth Boepple Speaks at Maine’s 2019 Legal Year in Review

The Maine State Bar Association’s Legal Year in Review, held in Augusta on November 21st, featured experienced faculty from across the state including BCM’s resident Maine attorney, Beth Boepple. The annual review provides attendees with updates and changes to the law in the past year. The topics covered the full spectrum of legal fields from criminal law to real estate law. Beth spoke in both a morning and afternoon session on the many changes during the last legislative session to Maine’s environmental laws which ran the gamut from the first in the nation state-wide ban on polystyrene to-go containers, to major changes in Maine’s solar energy laws.

BCM Sponsors NRCM’s 12th Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM)’s annual fundraising event takes place at the end of December in Portland, Maine and consists of a 5K followed by a dip into the ocean! NCRM’s goal this year is to raise $25,000 – all of which will be used to support work towards energy efficiency, clean air, and renewable energy sources, in an effort to reduce the effects of climate change in Maine.

You can register to take a dip, make a donation, and sponsor a team or individual here.

NOFA-NH’s screening of ‘The Pollinators’ sells out

“A Great Night At ‘The Pollinators’ Film Fundraiser, Mead Tasting, and Panel Discussion!”

Northeast Oraganic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH)’s fundraising event began with a mead tasting and hor d’oeuvres provided by Ancient Fire Mead & Cider, Moonlight Meadery, Sap House Meadery, and Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs – an event that was sold out before the doors even opened. An informative panel discussion, moderated by BCM’s own Amy Manzelli, was held following the screening of the film. The panelists provided resources related to beekeeping, organic farming and land care, and pollinator protection.

The resources provided by the panelists, legislative action opportunities, and additional screenings of “The Pollinators” can be found here.

BCM Environmental & Land Law Sponsored the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

BCM is proud to have sponsored the 12th annual SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizen’s League) Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by Friends of Casco Bay. The annual festival was held on November 2nd at the University of Southern Maine/Portland and attended by BCM’s very own Stacy Laughton.

Friends of Casco Bay has been committed to improving and protecting the Casco Bay through advocating, researching, and engaging the community since 1989. As the largest film festival of its kind in the United States and the conservation organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Friends of Casco Bay hope to encourage action, activism and spread their enthusiasm for the environment.

Click here to view photos from this event and to find out who else sponsors Friends of Casco Bay.

Amy Manzelli to moderate panel discussion after “The Pollinators” screening

Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on bees? That’s why NOFA-NH is screening “The Pollinators” on November 11th at Red River Theatres in Concord – an award-winning documentary film following migratory beekeepers across the United States as their honeybees pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.

Join NOFA-NH for a celebration of honey, bees and organic farming at this fun and educational film screening and fundraiser. This event will open with a mead tasting, hors d’oeuvres and exhibitors at 5 PM, followed by the film at 6 PM, and close with an engaging panel discussion of knowledgeable practitioners addressing the threats to pollinators and offering solutions.

Click here to learn more and get your tickets.

Beth Boepple to Speak about Maine Farmland Protection

Elizabeth Boepple has been invited to speak along with a panel of experts to discuss agricultural and  conservation easements in Maine. Lawyers attending this session will learn how best to advise clients as the number of farms closing and farmers retiring continues to increase. Beth will be one of five experts contributing to the discussion of how best to represent new and existing clients as they respond to efforts to protect Maine’s farmland.

Find out more about the session and registering here.

NHACC’s 49th Annual Meeting

Amy Manzelli, Esq. will be speaking at the 49th annual conference held by the NH Association of Conservation Commission on Saturday, November 2nd at the Pembroke Academy. Amy will be discussing the legal considerations of monitoring conservation easements, followed by a Q & A. NHACC’s annual meeting is the only state-wide conference for municipal conservation commission members. This year’s panel discussion is “The Nature Economy; Balancing Develpement and Natural Resouces”.

Learn more and register for the conference here.

Farmland Access & Transfer Conference – November 18, 2019 in Augusta, ME

It’s a real wake-up call to see how few farmers age 65+ have a next generation working on the farm with them. How and to whom this land and farm infrastructure transfers will have an enormous impact on the future of farming in New England. At the same time, access to land is one of the biggest challenges for beginning farmers in New England. Farmers, landowners, and farm advocates are invited to the fifth annual Farmland Access & Transfer Conference on November 18, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME. Learn strategies for tackling succession planning, participate in conversations about equity and affordability, gain the skills to find and secure farmland, negotiate a good lease agreement, and more. It’s the largest conference in the region focused on land access and transfer! Last year’s conference drew over 130 farmers, policymakers, service providers and advocates as well as members of the general public. The conference is co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good. For more information or to register, go to mainefarmlandtrust.org/access-2019.

Thank you to our many sponsors Maine Harvest Credit Union, Agrarian Trust, BCM Environmental & Land Law, Conservation Law Foundation, Greenhorns, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, Farm Credit East, Land In Common, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Cooperative Development Institute, and American Farmland Trust.

NOFA-NH Presents the CRAFT of Farming

See, Walk, Learn & Network!  NOFA-NH is presenting an educational program for farmers, farm workers, gardeners, students, and families. Participants will have the opportunity to tour three Merrimack County farms as a part of the NOFA-NH CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliances for Farmer Training) program and visit the places where real, local organic vegetables are being grown.

Click HERE to register for this exciting event and learn more about NOFA-NH’s CRAFT Program.



Beth Boepple Leads CLF Legal Food Hub Webinar

Elizabeth Boepple presented a webinar regarding Agricultural Easements as a part of the CLF Legal Food Hub Winter Webinar Series on March 5, 2019.  The CLF Legal Food Hub is an organization that provides pro bono legal assistance, workshops, and training to farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations in order to foster a sustainable, resilient, and just food system.  Check out Beth’s presentation here to learn more about agricultural easements!