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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.

Amy Manzelli participates in NOFA-NH’s Share the Bounty Day


The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH)’s first ever Share the Bounty Day occurred on September 28, 2019. This fundraiser took place at local participating businesses that donated a portion of their day’s proceeds to NOFA-NH’s 2020 Farm Share Program. This program provides limited income New Hampshire families with local, fresh, organic produce at a reduced cost. Amy Manzelli, the Board President of NOFA-NH participated in this fundraiser with a table stationed at The Works in downtown Concord, NH.

Read more about this fundraiser, the Farm Share Program, and other exciting news in NOFA-NH’s October E-Newsletter


Environmental Law Updates: Water & Air

Amy Manzelli, Esq. and Kelsey C. R. Peterson, Esq. authored an article that was published in the September 18, 2019 edition of the NH Bar News regarding the Federal Clean Water Act and the Federal Clean Air Act. The proposed change to the definition of “Waters of the United States” and the recent change to reclassify major sources of air pollutants are two of the three major changes to law or policy in the last year that will affect how federal or state environmental law is applied in New Hampshire.

Click here to read the full article.

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.

Click here for more details about this story.



Local Regulation of Agriculture Toolkit Now Available

Article published in the New Hampshire Bar News, May 15, 2019

By: Amy Manzelli, Esq. and Theresa Walker

Conflicts surrounding farms are on the rise in New Hampshire, be it neighbors challenging farmers, farmers engaging in activities that stretch or exceed what constitutes agriculture, or entrenched attitudes about property rights.  At the same time, farms are thriving and expanding across the state as farmers capitalize on consumer interest in locally grown and produced food and communities strive to become more economically and environmentally resilient. The New Hampshire Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture (Coalition), an ad-hoc group of New Hampshire farmers, regulators, agricultural advocates and policy makers, identified the need for information for farmers and local officials about state laws governing agriculture and how local policies and regulations can help or hinder local agriculture….click HERE to read more!




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.