Category Archives: Conservation Commission

Forestry Walk in Scoutland

Join professional forester Charles Moreno for a guided walk through Scoutland in Rollinsford on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to noon. Over 80 acres of town-owned forest along the Salmon Falls River, Scoutland is conserved by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) and is popular with hikers and nature-lovers of all types. Participants will learn about the forest structure and the natural history of this beautiful place, as well as the sustainable forestry work that is planned for the property.

The walk will leave from the Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford, and will return for light refreshments afterwards. This free event is co-sponsored by SELT, the Rollinsford Conservation Commission, and the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Sign up by emailing register@seltnh.org.

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Partridge Lane Culvert – Related Activities

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

CONSERVATION COMMISSION

TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD

Thursday, May 14

6:30 pm

Town Hall

The Conservation Commission will hold a special meeting to review the wetland permits associated with the proposed Partridge Lane culvert repair.  We may need to reschedule this meeting if the permits are not ready for review.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

SELECT BOARD

TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD

Thursday, May 14

7:00 pm

Town Hall

Partridge Lane Culvert

 

The Select Board invites the public to a hearing re the repair of the Partridge Lane culvert.  Jason Ayotte from Hoyle Tanner Associates will apprise us of the project plan and projected scheduling.   Because of the depth of the culvert and other complexities, we are projecting that this project will cost the town close to $100k.   The board will outline its funding plan at the hearing.


The hearing will follow a Conservation Commission meeting that will be reviewing the wetland permits associated with the culvert repair.  If the permitting is not ready for review, we will reschedule both the Commission meeting and this public hearing.

Call for Volunteers

The Select Board is looking for volunteers for one established commission and two new initiatives.   Please respond to Caroline Lamoureux if you are interested and please include a brief paragraph explaining your interest.

We’d love your help and input!

The commission seeks two members to serve as alternates to the commission.    (email Al Dionne for more information)

  • Committee to Review Elected Officials’  Compensation (new!) 

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the newly formed Committee to Review Elected Officials’  Compensation. The committee will look at compensation for elected town officials and make recommendations to the Select Board based on a review of similar communities (provided by the New Hampshire Municipal Association)  or other potential sources of information.  The committee will provide citizens  of Rollinsford with an extra layer of engagement and accountability in setting appropriate salary levels for Select Board, Town Clerk, Treasurer, Fire Chief, and others where appropriate. We expect the committee to  meet prior to each election/budget cycle so those running for town office will know what the compensation is for that particular office.

  • Energy Committee (new!)

We are seeking volunteers to serve on a proposed Rollinsford Energy Committee.  A resident has come forward with ideas and has agreed to help form such a committee.   Possible initiatives include:

  • Bring natural gas to Rollinsford
  • Propose ways to make our hydro dam more productive
  • Bring solar arrays to the transfer station (at no capital cost to the town)
  • Evaluate streetlights:  adopt LED lighting?

Public Hearing: Timber Harvest in Scoutland

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CONSERVATION COMMISSION

TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD

Thursday, March 26, 2015

6:30

Town Hall

The RCC will hold a public hearing to answer any questions about the proposed Selective Timber Harvest in Scoutland and the perimeter of the Turcott Field. This is a recommendation from the Forest Management Plan prepared by Moreno Forestry Associates. A copy of the plan is on the website.

For background info see the Scoutland page on the website. Materials will also be available at Town Hall.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Thursday, August 7, 2014

6:30

Town Hall

The RCC will hold a public hearing to answer any questions about the proposed Selective Timber Harvest in Scoutland and the perimeter of the Turcotte Field. This is a recommendation from the Forest Management Plan prepared by Moreno Forestry Associates. A copy of the plan is on the website.

For background info see the Scoutland page on the website.  Materials will also be available at Town Hall.

The Public Hearing will be followed immediately by a meeting of the Conservation Commission to vote on recommending the Selective Timber Harvest contract to the Select Board.

Rollinsford’s Ed Jansen to Receive Heritage Award

Long time Rollinsford Selectman, Ed Jansen, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Heritage Award by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH).  The award is given each year to a person who has shown long term commitment and contributed to the preservation of the history, heritage and culture of Rollinsford and the lower Salmon Falls region.

Jansen has been a member of the select board in Rollinsford since 1976, and during that time also served on the planning board and many other boards and committees in town.  A former chair of the Department of Resource Economics at UNH, Jansen brought his expertise in his field to the town. Thanks to his leadership, Rollinsford was able to craft zoning ordinances which have enabled the town to preserve its historic and natural resources and maintain its rural character.

“Ed was a standout choice for the Heritage Award this year”, said ARCH Board member and long time Rollinsford Resident, Lucy Putnam.  “His longstanding leadership in planning and zoning has helped Rollinsford maintain its historic mill village, bring home the Colonel Paul Wentworth House, designate conservation land along the Salmon Falls River and preserve its historic character while allowing for responsible development.”  “Without his leadership” she continued, “I believe Rollinsford would be a very different town today.”

The Heritage Award will be presented to Jansen at ARCH’s Harvest Dinner, to be held this Saturday, September, 21 at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford.  Advance tickets are required and are still available.  For ticket information, call ARCH at 603-742-4747.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

6/29/13-Strawberry Festival, South Berwick
7/4/13-Independence Day (please check the town website early next week for a list of parades,fireworks, etc.)
7/2/13-Planning Board Meeting, 6PM, Town Hall
7/10/13-Rollinsford Public Library Trustee’s Meeting, 6:30PM, Rollinsford Public Library
7/11/13-Water & Sewer District Meeting, 7PM, Waste Water Treatment Plant
7/14/13-Conservation Commission Site Walk, 8AM, Scoutlands
7/15/13-Conservation Commission Meeting, 6:30PM, Rollinsford Town Hall
7/24/13-Budget Committee Meeting, 6:30PM, Town Hall

Recurring Events:
Select Board Meeting, Every Monday, 7PM, Town Hall
Bedtime Stories, Every Tuesday, 6PM, Rollinsford Public Library
FREE Yoga, Every Thursday, 6:45PM, Rollinsford Public Library