Shannon Rogers, Assistant Professor and Ecological Economist in the Center for the Environment, recently served as a technical reviewer of a new report by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) about land conservation in New Hampshire. According to TPL, the report, New Hampshire’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation, quantitatively demonstrates that state investment in land conservation has measurable economic value. Conserved lands provide natural goods and services such as water quality protection, wildlife habitat and air pollution removal – all important to New Hampshire’s strong economy and jobs. For every $1 invested in land conservation by New Hampshire returns $11 in natural goods and services
In TPL’s announcement about the report, Shannon noted that, “Studies like The Trust for Public Land’s help to shine a light on the ‘hidden’ value our natural environment provides through goods and services we might take for granted otherwise. It also helps us identify and prioritize conservation efforts.”
Nadine Orejola was recently awarded two research scholarships from the Geological Society of America. She is the recipient of the 2014 ExxonMobil/GSA Student Geoscience Grant and the John Montagne Award. Nadine is a student in Plymouth State University’s (PSU) Master of Science program in Environmental Science and Policy and the awards supports her Master’s Thesis research.
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Kathleen Bush recently co-authored a paper on “Extreme Precipitation and Beach Closures in the Great Lakes Region: Evaluating Risk among the Elderly,” published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. A summary of the study and its implications for swimmers and beach managers is available through the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
Each spring, Plymouth State University hosts a Student Showcase of Excellence. This event features student research projects from a variety of disciplines from science to the arts to the humanities.
The following MS students in Environmental Science and Policy participated in the 2014 Student Showcase of Excellence:
- Jamie Sydoriak – Conserving Grassland Bird Habitat on Private Land in the Upper Valley, Other Collaborators: Rosalind Renfrew, Pamela Hunt, Shannon Rogers, Len Reitsma, Faculty Sponsor: Len Reitsma
- Micah Hall – A Visual Approach to Generating Normative Standards of Quality for Two Squam Lake, New Hampshire Hiking Trails, Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
- Jonathon Loos – Flood Insurance Rates and Mitigation ecosystem Services in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
- Jessica Wilhelm – Meat Production, Processing and Market Demand in New Hampshire, Other Researchers: Rachelle Lyons & Taylor Dillingham, Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
- Melissa L. Leszek – Using Community Based Social Marketing to Encourage Lead-Free Fishing Practices in New Hampshire Lakes and Rivers, Faculty Sponsor: Brian W. Eisenhauer
- Melanie Perello – Determining relationships between past and current climate and water quality conditions in Ossipee Lake and Squam Lake, N.H. to establish lake functioning baselines and improve monitoring strategies, Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
- Nadine Orejola – Characterizing Iceland Lake Sediments: Identification of Storm Surge And Flooding Events In A Climate Sensitive Northern Latitude Lake, Other Collaborators: Lisa Doner, Brad Hubeny, Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
- Chelsea Berg – Evaluating the Ecosystem Service of Nutrient Removal in a Coastal Watershed: A Case Study of New Hampshire’s Great Bay, Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
- Jessica Wilhelm – A Spatial Analysis of the Impacts of Road Salt on Trace Metal Concentrations in New Hampshire Rivers, Faculty Sponsors: Mark Green, Kathleen Bush
- Jennifer Bell – Embryophyte Community Structure And Water Chemistry Relationships Across A Condition Gradient In Red Maple – Sphagnum Basin Swamps: A Working Proposal, Faculty Sponsor: Joe Boyer
- Benjamin Bolaski – Linkages between the North Atlantic Oscillation and watershed response from northwest Iceland lake sediments, Student Researchers & Other Collaborators: Lisa A Doner, Isla S Casteneda, Bradford Hubeny, Nadine Orejola; Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
In 1991, the NH Office of State Planning completed a Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. In the twenty-three years since the plan was adopted, a lot has changed in the region, but yet this plan has not been updated. View the summary of the 1991 Squam Watershed Plan here.
This winter, several graduate students at Plymouth State University enrolled in a land use planning class that focuses on teaching local planning concepts through an applied project. The class worked with the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) to learn about local town planning, identify current land use issues and priorities in area towns and the watershed, and determine how a new watershed plan might be cooperatively developed. In late January, we held a public meeting at the SLA to discuss past, present, and future land use issues in area towns and the Squam Lakes Watershed.
The results of the course and the public meeting can be read in “Shared Waters Create a Shared Future for the Squam Lakes Watershed,” a report from the Plymouth State University graduate students who participated in a land use planning class this winter. Also, a poster summarizing the public participation method used at the January public meeting was presented at the March 21, 2014 NH Water & Watershed Conference.