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Wildlife Workshops at NHACC Conference

Don't miss the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions (NHACC) 47th Annual Meeting and Conference, featuring Sylvia Bates, Director of Standards & Educational Services at the Land Trust Alliance.

Join NHACC for a day of learning, networking and fun with fellow conservation commission members. The event will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

The conference offers workshops on the fundamentals of conservation commissions as well as more advanced sessions on wetland protection and land management. NHACC will present several workshops with a wildlife theme this year. Siting Trails with Wildlife in Mind, presented by Jim Oehler, State Lands Habitat Biologist and Rachel Stevens Stewardship Coordinator NH Fish & Game Department, will focus on a new tool to help locate wildlife. Funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the NH Fish & Game Department has developed a statewide tool that can be used to locate new trails in a way that minimizes impacts to wildlife and also minimizes the need for ongoing maintenance. Join this session to learn how this new tool can be used to assess existing trails for potential impact on wildlife and to identify locations for on-the-ground best management practices that minimize trail maintenance.

Another program, Wetlands Wildlife and Ecology, presented by Emily Preston, NH Fish & Game Department will highlight the difference between an emergent marsh and a shrub wetland. Wetlands are important ecological features that serve as habitat for a diversity of wildlife. Emily will lead us on a tour of many NH wetland types, from marshes to peatlands to forested swamps. We'll also discuss what steps you can take to protect and enhance wetlands on town-owned property, particularly while timber harvesting or creating trails.

If you are interested in bats, Jesse Mohr, Native Geographic, will present: Bat Conservation and Forest Management. Learn more about loss of habitat, white-nose syndrome, and human activities, that threaten all of New Hampshire's eight bat species are currently listed as Endangered, Threatened, or as a Species of Special Concern. Landowners, town commissioners, and other conservation-minded individuals can help to conserve and enhance bat habitat on forest and conservation lands. Many of these voluntary practices for bats overlap with conservation actions that benefit forest birds and protect water quality.

Many more presentations will be offered at the NHACC Conference. Don't miss this educational networking opportunity to learn from both peers and professionals. The NHACC Annual Meeting and Conference is the only State-wide conference dedicated to municipal conservation commission members. Sign up before October 13th to get the early bird rate of $55 for members and $65 for non-members.

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