The Forest Advocate

Mount Major - photo by Monkman EcoPhotography
Mount Major - Photo by Jerry Monkman/EcoPhotography

Would you like to be on top of what is happening at the N.H. Statehouse and in Washington D.C. when it comes to natural resource conservation?  Sign up HERE to start receiving the Forest Advocate, our free e-update from the Forest Society's policy staff informing you on issues affecting our quality of life in the Granite State. See the list below for links to past editions. 

Past Editions of Forest Advocate

12/21/2018 - Forest Advocate - December 2018

  • 2019 Legislative Session Outlook
  • Fish and Game Study Commission Releases Final Report
  • NH Supreme Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Northern Pass Appeal
  • Congress Fails to Reauthorize LWCF
  • Congress Reauthorizes the Farm Bill

11/13/2018 - Forest Advocate - November 2018

  • Advancing the Public Trust in 2019
  • Encourage Your Leaders to Restore the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Full Funding
  • Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Corruption Under the Microscope\
  • Veterans Group Places Powerful Ad in Boston Globe
  • Forests Pests, the Global Economy and Climate Change

9/21/2018 - Forest Advocate - September 2018

  • Senator Shaheen Highlights Urgency to Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund\
  • Hope for the Land and Water Conservation Fund?
  • NH Legislature overrides veto of Senate Bill 365
  • Sunapee Lease Public Meeting September 26 in Newbury
  • Forest Stories

8/16/2018 - Forest Advocate - August 2018

  • Northern Pass:  The Last Gasp
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund to Expire September 30
  • Annie Kuster appointed to the Conference Committee on the Farm Bill
  • Sunapee Lease Transfer
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Seeks Comments on Revisions to Natural Gas Infrastructure
  • Ask Candidates to Support Investments in State Parks and Forests

6/29/2018 - Forest Advocate - Governor Vetoes Biomass Bills, Mount Sunapee, the Farm Bill and more

  • Governor Sununu Vetoes Biomass Bills
  • Sunapee Ski Lease Expected to Change Hands Soon
  • The USDA Farm Bill
  • 2018 Legislative Session
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Reviews Process for Pipeline Permitting
  • Northern Pass Update: Last Gasps

06/08/2018 - Forest Advocate: Ask Governor Sununu to Support Biomass Bills

04/30/2018 - Groundhog’s Day for Northern Pass; Fewer Days for Wetland Resource Review; Decision Day for Biomass Markets  

  • NH Senate Pushes Wetlands Bill Forward
  • House of Representatives to Vote on Pro-biomass Legislation this Week
  • Step One in the SEC Appeal Process  
  • Say What?  (A motion was filed asking two SEC members to recuse themselves)   
  • Forest Society Named to Fish and Game Study Commission
  • A New Commissioner for the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Biomass for Energy

04/16/2018 -  LTA Advocacy Days in Washington, Wetlands Rules and Legislation in NH

  • HB 1104 – Avoid Further Degradation of Wetland Resources
  • Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days in DC
  • Comments on New Wetland Rules due April 20

03/20/2018 - March Forest Advocate - Current Use, the SEC, Land Protection for Drinking Water and more

  • Current Use Legislation Tabled In Senate; House May Follow
  • HB 1358 - House Tables Legislation Aimed at Restricting Public Participation (in the SEC process). 
  • Investing in Natural Infrastructure to Protect Water (Drinking water and groundwater trust fund).
  • SEC Defers NP Request for Rehearing
  • Concord: 100% renewable energy by 2050
  • New Tool Helps Cities Use Trees for Stormwater Management
  • LCHIP Natural Resources Intern —2018 

02/23/2018 - Northern Pass, Current Use, the SEC and Clean Water   

  • Mass RFP Looks past Northern Pass Following SEC Denial
  • HB 1210 - Current Use Under Scrutiny
  • HB 1358 - Site Evaluation Committee
  • Public Meetings Scheduled for New Wetlands Rules
  • Regulating for Clean Water (HB1101 and HB1104)

01/23/2018 - Northern Pass, SEC & the State House

  • Upcoming SEC Deliberations on Northern Pass Open to the Public
  • CLF Open Letter to Governor Baker on Clean Energy RFP 
  • Making the Case to the SEC
  • Counsel for the Public on Northern Pass
  • The Northern Pass Post Hearing Memo
  • House Bill 1358 - Euthanasia for Due Process at SEC
  • Senate Bill 48 - Fish and Game Study Commission Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

12/22/2017 - Special Edition of Forest Advocate: What's next for Northern Pass?

12/20/2017 - What is on your Holiday Wish List for New Hampshire?

  • Northern Pass Hearings Conclude
  • Forest Society Staff Picked to Serve on Two State Boards
  • New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission
  • A Holiday Wish for New Hampshire's Forests

10/27/2017 - Clean Water from Source to Tap

  • Clean Water from Source to Tap
  • Northern Pass & the White Mountain National Forest
  • Private Property Rights and Public Land Conservation
  • ATVs in Nash Stream Forest

August 16, 2017 - Northern Pass News

  • Fate of Northern Pass Still up to New Hampshire 
  • What's Next for Federal Review?
  • What's Next at the State Level? 
  • How to Comment

July 7, 2017 - NH Conservation News

  • Federal dollars for Fish and Game touted; LWCF still slashed 
  • Citizen support of LCHIP made a difference
  • Ask Gov. Sununu to support SB129
  • State budget changes $276 million fund management -- for the better 
  • Send comment to the SEC today

May 1, 2017 - Forest Advocate: N. Pass's Week 3 at the SEC 

  • Sign Up to Speak at SEC Final Hearings, or Send Comments Today
  • Encourage N.H. Senators to Support LCHIP
  • Trump's Budget Weakens Important Land Conservation Fund 
  • Appoint a Highly Qualified DES Commissioner 
  • Discouraging ATV Trail Expansion at Nash Stream Forest

March 29, 2017 -  Forest Advocate

  • Urge Your State Senator to Vote "NO" on SB 128
  • National  Grid Proposes Alternative to Northern Pass
  • Anti-Property Rights Bill Sent Back to Committee
  • Sens. Shaheen and Hassan Oppose EPA Cuts

February 13, 2017 - Forest Advocate

  • Lawmakers Debating Important 2017 Conservation Bills
  • Your Chance to Speak Up on ATVs at Nash Stream Forest
  • SEC to Take up Northern Pass in April 
  • Quebec  Panel  Wants Line Buried on Canadian Side
  • Registration Open for Water & Watershed Conference

November 25, 2016 - Forest Advocate

  • Northern Pass Interveners Submit Testimony to SEC
  • Forest Society Files Briefs with N.H. Supreme Court
  • Weigh in about ATVs at Nash Stream
  • State Conservation Plan Must Include Water Protection

October 12, 2016 - Forest Advocate

  • Question Those Candidates!
  • Pessamit Innu Leaders Seek Relief from Hydro-Quebec 
  • Northern Pass SEC Process Drags On

September 9, 2016 -  Forest Advocate

  • Bury the Northern Pass' Update
  • State Commission Looks for Solutions to Farmland Loss 
  • ATV Commission Hammering Out Recommendations

July 29, 2016 - Forest Advocate

  •  ATV Trails at the Nash Stream (State) Forest: Legal or Not?
  • New OHRV Commission's First Meeting Raises Big Questions
  • AG's Office Holding Community Workshops on N. Pass Impacts
  • Pending SEC Nod, Discovery Deadline for Interveners Extended

June 28, 2016 - Forest Advocate

  • 2016 Legislative Session: What's Up? What's Down?
  • Gov. Hassan Vetoes Flawed SB 324
  • Legislation Provides a (Buried) Path for Northern Pass
  • Forest Society Takes Northern Pass to Supreme Court
  • SEC Holds Final Public Hearing
  • SEC Deadline Extension Allows for Proper Review

May 20, 2016 - Forest Advocate

  • SEC Extends Review Schedule for Northern Pass
  • Lawmakers Still Pushing Anti-Conservation SB 324
  • Cheers for HB 626 and its Supporters
  • Partners Ask State to Act on ATVs at Nash Stream Forest

April 21, 2016 - Legislative Alert

  • Please Contact Legislators about SB 324

April 4, 2016 - Forest Advocate

  • Mount Sunapee State Park Ski Expansion Update
  • What’s New on Northern Pass?
  • ATVs and Nash Stream State Forest

March 4, 2016 -  Forest Advocate

  • Legislative Update
  • Northern Pass Update
  • Other Forest Advocacy News

March 4, 2016 - Correction