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Beth Boepple Helps Save Historic Carey Cottage

Beth Boepple successfully negotiated and drafted a lease on behalf of BCM’s client, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF), which has forestalled the historic Carey Cottage in Portsmouth, NH from possible demolition.  The minimum 40-year lease provides a long-term alternative to demolition of the historic property and includes provisions for renovation of the site, leading to the eventual establishment of a headquarters for a newly-created center dedicated to fostering the growth of nonprofit organizations.  Beth will now guide SPNHF through the due diligence and permitting process, which is expected to be compeleted by early November.

Click here for more details about this exciting endeavor!

 

 

BCM Joins Clean Energy NH

BCM Environmental & Land Law is excited to become the newest business member of Clean Energy NH, New Hampshire’s leading clean energy advocate working to support policies and programs that strengthen NH’s economy, protect public health, and conserve natural resources.

BCM owner Jason Reimers joined Clean Energy NH for its member cruise on Lake Sunapee on July 26, 2019.  It was a terrific event full of bright sunshine and beautiful NH scenery!

 

 

Beth Boepple Continues to Fight the Proposed NECEC Transmission Line Project

Beth Boepple has been tirelessly working on behalf of the 4,200+ member grassroots group Say NO to NECEC to fight the proposed 145-mile long Central Maine Power/AVANGRID New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line in pending Maine regulatory proceedings.  As a part of that representation, Beth recently filed a Complaint with the Office of the Maine Attorney General raising concerns about a conflict on interest on the part of Llyod Trafton, a Somerset County commissioner who also sits on the board of directors of a nonprofit group poised to benefit financially from the transmission line project. Due to these conflict of interest allegations, Trafton recently resigned from his position on the board of directors; however, his status as a Somerset County Commissioner continues to cause concerns.

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Beth Boepple Honored With a Distinguished Service Award from Conservation Law Foundation

Elizabeth Boepple, Esq., was recently awarded a Distinguished Service Award for her work in connection with the Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF) Legal Food Hub.

Beth is a strong supporter of northern New England’s local food system. She has been a “champion of the Legal Food Hub since its launch in 2014.”  Beth has dedicated countless hours of her time assisting the Legal Food Hub farmers, food entrepreneurs, and other supporting organizations in various areas of food and farming law, ranging from real estate and land use issues to commercial and banking matters.  Beth’s commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience is admirable, and everyone at BCM is proud of her work.  Congratulations Beth!

Click here to read more about the CLF Legal Food Hub and Beth’s honor.

BCM Underwrites Saving Special Places

BCM Environmental & Land Law was pleased to once again underwrite Saving Special Places, NH’s annual land conservation conference, which took place on Saturday, April 6th at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, NH. This critical annual conference gathers land conservationists from various fields to provide focused and timely education and discussion about a variety 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. Amy Manzelli presented a seminar regarding agritourism and conservation easements.  Jason Reimers and Kelsey Peterson both also attended this highly successful event.

 

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!

 

Amy Manzelli Serves as Panelist at NEWIEE’s First 2019 NH Career Panel and Networking Event

Amy Manzelli was excited to meet and help influence young women as they start off their careers in the field of energy and the environment at the New England Women in Energy and the Environment’s (NEWIEE) first New Hampshire career panel and networking event of the year, held on March 21, 2019 in Concord, NH.  Amy is passionate about her work and was thrilled to have the opportunity to help the professional development of other women in the field.   Stay tuned for further updates about Amy’s work with NEWIEE!

 

BCM Exhibits at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

BCM was on the road, exhibiting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, from January 15-17th.  The show, sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is an annual tradition that provides an incredible opportunity for everyone involved in the agricultural industry (from producers to consumers and everyone in between) to come together to learn about current programs and new technologies via lectures, courses, meetings, and fun exhibits.  

BCM was excited to be able to share its exhibition space with the Fork Food Lab and Farm Drop.  The Fork Food Lab is a membership-based shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator located in Portland Maine. Visitors to the BCM exhibit were happy to be able to try the tempting treats provided by various Fork Food Lab members! Click here to learn more about the great work they are doing! FarmDrop is an online food purchasing system that allows users to choose from multiple, local, Maine food producers in one location.  Check them out here

This year’s show was a great success, and BCM was thrilled to be a part of the action!

 

Amy Manzelli Works to Permanently Conserve Family Farm

Amy Manzelli recently worked with Agrarian Trust, whose mission is to support land access for the next generation of farmers, to secure a conservation easement on Wingate Farm, which preserves the farm for future generations of farmers and ensures that the whole farm – the house, barns, and land – stay together.   A significant component of the easement was an OPAV (Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value), which ensures that all futures sales of Wingate Farm will be to farmers at fair market agricultural value.  This is the first time such a provision has been used to protect active agricultural land in New Hampshire.

Read more about Amy’s work on this project here.

 

BCM Retained by Grassroots Organization to Fight the Proposed NECEC Project in Maine

The BCM Environmental & Land Law team, led by Beth Boepple out of our Portland office, has been retained by the 4,200+ member grassroots group Say NO to NECEC to fight the 145-mile long Central Maine Power/AVANGRID New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line in the pending Maine regulatory proceedings.

Earlier this year, the BCM Team worked to help defeat the proposed Northern Pass project in New Hampshire and will be bringing that same skill set to protect the iconic landscapes of Maine against another utility company’s attempts at degradation.

Click here to learn more about BCM’s representation of Say NO to NECEC.