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BCM Represents Claremont Residents in Opposition of Waste Transfer Facility

The proposed waste transfer facility would consist of demolition and construction and receive 150,000 tons of material per year, all being transported by truck through the City of Claremont. Around 70 residents attended the Claremont Zoning Board hearing on Monday, March 2nd to voice their concerns around the proposed facility. Some of these concerns were; road damage caused by roughly 50 trucks transporting material through the city on a daily basis, the potential hazardous material included in these shipments, and a negative impact on the city’s revitalization efforts. Attorney Amy Manzelli authored a letter to the Claremont Zoning Board on behalf of the Claremont residents voicing their collective concerns and identifying possible issues with the application submitted by American Recycling & Disposal. The hearing was concluded at 10:00pm with the board approving a regional impact study be performed to determine the proposed facility’s impact on neighboring communities.

Read more about Monday night’s hearing here.

26 Acres of Spring Brook Farm Protected through Farmland Easement

The previous owners of Spring Brook sold much of their land to the Town of Cumberland, and as a result the property was being considered for the Town’s new sand and salt shed. Jeff Storey, who has been working at Spring Brook Farm since high school, signed a lease with the retiring owners allowing him to continue operating the farm and market. However, the town’s proposal for new development inspired Jeff and the town residents to seek protection of the land. With the help of Attorney Beth Boepple, Jeff Storey now owns Spring Brook Farm and the 26 acres have been forever protected from any non-agricultural development.

Read more about the protection of Spring Brook Farm here.

Amy Manzelli Awarded NOFA-NH’s 2020 Leader of the Year

Individuals and organizations were recognized  at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)’s 2020 Winter Conference as being the best of the best in our organic farming community. Amy Manzelli has been serving on the NOFA-NH board for the last eight years and was awarded the 2020 Leader of the Year.

Read about the other award winners and more in the February edition of NOFA-NH’s E-Newsletter here.

Announcing the launch of Vermont’s Legal Food Hub

The Vermont Law School (VLS) together with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced the launch of the Vermont Legal Food Hub on January 22nd. Attorney Beth Boepple has been providing pro bono service to farmers and food producers through the Maine Legal Food Hub since 2014 and is excited to be doing the same in Vermont. Like the program in Maine, the Vermont Legal Food Hub will assist income-eligible farmers and food related business owners in finding an attorney that has volunteered to provide free legal services.

Read more in the VT Bar Journal and the Legal Food Hub’s website.

Jason Reimers speaks at the NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists Conference

Jason Reimers spoke about ethics in the natural resources profession at the annual conference of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists.  More than 125 scientists attended the conference on January 31, 2020.  In addition to discussing various hypotheticals with the group, Jason discussed his experience as Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and as an Assistant Attorney General who worked with licensing boards to investigate complaints of ethical misconduct.

The Forest Society’s accomplishments in 2019

This end of the year slideshow briefly touches on the Forest Society’s accomplishments last year and emphasizes their mission “to perpetuate the forests of New Hampshire”. One such accomplishments is the final defeat of the Northern Pass; a proposed 192-mile transmission line that was to run from the Canadian border into the heart of the Merrimack Valley, which would have destroyed some of New Hampshire’s most treasured resources. The legal team at BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, led the charge in defeating the Northern Pass project at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.

 

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.