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NECEC takes steps to clear corridor next week

Despite a pending appeal and a court request to Stay, Central Maine Power’s (CMP) New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project began marking trees this week to begin clearing a 53-mile long and 54-foot wide corridor through Maine’s northwestern forest. Beth Boepple, representing a Maine group opposing the project: Say No to NECEC, filed a supplement to the Stay Motion saying “the imminence of construction and immediate and irreparable harm are now alarmingly real – next week Tuesday come the bulldozers, and the trees will be gone.”

Read the full article here

BCM donates Christmas Tree to ‘Trees for Troops’

Every year BCM receives a Christmas tree from The Rocks’ Christmas Tree Farm through our membership with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. This year, we donated our tree to the Trees for Troops program. 

Read more about the program here.

Jason Reimers represents Duncan Lake Road residents

Twenty-nine residents were represented at the Ossipee Planning Board meeting on November 17th. The residents are opposing the addition of a second gravel pit, which will increase the number of truck trips on Duncan Lake Road by at least 60 per day. The road is already in need of repair, and the current truck trips shake the residents’ houses.

Read more about the meeting here.

BCM is hiring a full-time paralegal/administrative assistant

About This Opportunity

We are looking for a Paralegal to join our team of legal professionals at BCM Environmental & Land Law to work primarily with Amy Manzelli.

Position Details

  • Legal work in land use and environmental law practice, including litigation, administrative agencies, and transactions
  • Overall administrative management of client matters
  • Full-time, Monday through Friday, daily start and end times are negotiable
  • Cloud-based legal practice software and near paperless work environment
  • Based out of BCM’s Concord, NH office (currently, working mostly from home. after the pandemic, occasional remote work available)
  • Highly flexible workplace

Compensation & Benefits

  • $20 to $22 per hour, commensurate with experience
  • Firm contribution to health and vision insurance and your retirement plan
  • Firm-paid group life and long-term disability insurance
  • At least 10 days of paid personal time and at least 10 paid holidays
  • Three months paid parent leave for birth or adoption

Required Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team player
  • Enjoy busy legal practice with a fast pace
  • At least two years working in a legal office
  • High aptitude for technology, including full Microsoft suite and Adobe DC
  • Self-starter, able to work independently
  • Valid driver’s license

About BCM

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, is a thriving, small law firm founded in Concord, NH, with a practice across Northern New England.  We do all aspects of environmental and land use law. We help our clients do good work, including sustainable development and preserving many special places. We have 10 people throughout our offices in Concord and Keene, NH and Portland, ME.  Learn more at our website and check out our latest news.

Application Process

  • Please email cover letter, resume, and references (two to three) to the attention of Nicole Manteau, our Firm Administrator, at manteau@nhlandlaw.com
  • The deadline for applying is Friday, November 13, 2020, with an anticipated start of asap
  • We will endeavor to contact applicants, regardless of our decision, by Friday, December 11, 2019

NHACC’s Annual Meeting is November 7th

 

Attorney Amy Manzelli will be speaking at the upcoming New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commission’s (NHACC) Annual Meeting. This meeting is the only one of its kind to be held state-wide, and will take place virtually this year from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

Find out more about the conference and how to register here.

Northern New England Agrarian Commons First Purchase: 104-acre Farm in Wales, Maine

 

Attorneys Beth Boepple and Amy Manzelli have been working with Agrarian Trust to establish an Agrarian Commons in each of the Northern New England states to support land access and tenure for the next generation of farmers. The Wales farm in Maine will be the first actual purchase. The Lewiston-based New Mainers group started a crowdfunding campaign a few months ago, raising $367,000 with the plan to raise the remainder of the asking price by December but have already reached their goal. The Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons will be purchasing the farm and leasing it to the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA). The SBCA represents around 3,000 Bantu refugees from Somalia who will find community, tradition, and the opportunity to farm sustainability in this farmland. 

Read more about this purchase here.

BCM proud to sponsor MEREDA’s “spring” Conference

 

Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) has rescheduled their Spring Conference to October 15th. BCM is proud to be a sponsor of this event, renamed The Chamberlain Model – Back to the Future. The rescheduled event will be held virtually on October 15th from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

 

Find out more about the event and stay updated for when registration opens here.

Amazon Distribution Facility Proposed to Replace Green Meadow Golf Course

Attorney Amy Manzelli represents Save Hudson NH – a group of more than 50, many of which have houses abutting or near the proposed distribution facility. While this project aims to create new jobs, for those abutting the facility and for the residents of Hudson, the project will increase congestion, decrease property values, harm natural resources, negatively affect quality of life, and create nuisance.

Read more about the project here.

The residents being represented by Amy Manzelli voiced their concerns at the August 12th Planning Board meeting. Residents submitted comments to the Planning Board, and of the 126 only 3 or 4 were not directly opposed to the project. 

Read some of these concerns and comments made by Amy Manzelli here.

Professional Soccer in Portland

Attorney Beth Boepple has been working with Jonathan Culley and Gabe Hoffman-Johnson together with the city of Portland to find a possible location for a soccer stadium. Portland may have a professional soccer team as soon as 2022, once a location is agreed upon and the city is awarded a franchise. Gabe hopes to involve the public when it comes to naming the team and the duo believes that the team will benefit the city as much as the city’s community and diverse population will bode well for the sport. 

Read more about the United Soccer League coming to Portland here

Maine Harvest FCU offers new program to assist with farmland purchases

Attorney Beth Boepple has been working with Maine Harvest FCU – the first in the country to focus on lending to small farms and food producers – and helped draft their first loan documents. Now, the credit union is offering a new program to new and existing farmers to assist with closing costs, refinancing, and expanding. Due to COVID-19, interest rates are at an all time low and the importance of Maine farms at a high – sparking an increase in farmland purchases and financing at lower rates.

Learn more about the program here.