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News and Articles

NHANRS 2021 Annual Conference

Attorney Jason Reimers spoke at the 2021 New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS) Conference on January 29th. This is the second year that Jason has covered the topic of ethics at this conference.

Read more about the conference and the NHANRS here.

Bennington, NH Farm Transferred to Younger Generation

Recently, Amy Manzelli helped young couple, Jenn and Karl Comeau, in all aspects of taking over ownership of Stone Barn Butcher and Horizon Farm in Bennington, New Hampshire, now called Hilltop Bottom Farm. BCM has always been passionate about helping with generational transfers of farmland, transfers  like these allow the younger generations to carry on age old skills and provide meat and produce to the local community. COVID-19 resulted in nationwide food shortages, shedding light on the importance of local agriculture. The previous owners had the option of selling their land for development, but wanted to keep their 51 acres in agriculture. 

Read Jenn and Karl’s journey to farm ownership here

NECEC Project on Pause while Appeal is reviewed

Maine groups opposed to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project successfully halted construction of segment 1 of the proposed corridor.  The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay while the environmental groups and our clients, Say No to NECEC, are pursuing appeals of the project’s permits before the state Environmental Board and in the federal courts. While the Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of Energy was granted on Thursday, the stay keeps at bay for now, the destruction of the environment in segment 1. 

Read more about the work our own Beth Boepple and our team are doing to fight this project in News Center Maine and the Sun Journal.

Largest Solar Array in New Hampshire

Attorney Amy Manzelli represents the Town of Fitzwilliam in connection with Chinook Solar’s project to construct a 30-Megawatt solar project, the largest solar array in New Hampshire to date. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) has now granted a certificate for site and facility. The solar array is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year, and will supply enough energy to power over 7,000 homes.

Read more about the project here.

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.