Economic Assessment of Grafton County New Hampshire 2010 | 2012 Update

March 7th, 2012 by CfRP

Survey of Grafton County, New Hampshire’s Economy

Researchers at the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University conducted a review of
economic trends in Grafton County, New Hampshire, emphasizing the County’s four labor market
areas (Haverhill, Lebanon, Littleton and Plymouth) and their economic prospects for the future. The study
was conducted on behalf of Grafton County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) to aid that

organization’s strategic planning process. The results of the study were presented in a public presentation
in September 2010, with an update added in January 2012. This report focuses on labor market data, and
includes a chapter, written by Daniel Lee, devoted to changes in the County’s labor market over the past
decade. The original 2010 presentation and the 2012 update are provided as appendices.

Grafton County NH Economic Assessment 2010 Update (PDF)


February 14th, 2012 by CfRP

SCRAP stands for the State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program and they are offering two new courses!


Archaeological Field Methods:  Historical Archaeology at the Roxmont Estate

(2 credits, HS 5630)
Instructor: Tanya Krajcik
Dates: June 4-15 (M-F)
Offered through the State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP).  The 2012 summer field school will focus on historic Roxmont estate site on Long Island in Moultonborough, NH.  The field school will feature both seminar and fieldwork components. In the first week of the course, specialists will lead seminars on archaeology, landscape history and design, and historical research and documentation. In the second week, participants will gain field experience by participating in survey, mapping, and excavation at the Roxmont site. Please contact the instructor ( for additional course information.


Archaeological Field Methods: Further Investigations at the Jefferson VI Paleoindian Site

Instructor: Dr. Richard A. Boisvert

Dates: June 25 – August 3

The 2012 NH State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) summer field school will continue research at the Jefferson VI Paleoindian site. The investigations will consist of site testing with small block excavations and additional shovel test pit survey on nearby landforms. Participants in the field school will document the site with detailed excavations and place it in a context with other Paleoindian sites in the immediate vicinity and the broader region. They will also have an opportunity to assist with public outreach by presentations to the general public and site tours. Participants will learn fundamental recovery and documentation techniques as well as basic artifact identification and field laboratory procedures. Hands-on instruction in the field will be supplemented by background readings, evening lectures by various affiliated scholars, and field trips to nearby Paleoindian sites.


Additional information on the 2012 field school and the State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program can be obtained by calling 603-271-6433 or by visiting the SCRAP website at:

Food Safety Education and Planning for Agritourism Webinar Held December 14

December 20th, 2011 by Melissa

CfRP’s Ben Amsden recently collaborated with Lisa Chase and Londa Nwadike, both of UVM Extension, to conduct a “Food Safety Education and Planning for Agritourism” webinar on December 14.

You may access the recorded webinar, PowerPoint slides from the webinar presentation, and more at UVM’s Food Safety for Agritourism Site.  For more information, please contact Ben Amsden at 535- or at For specific questions about food safety, please contact Londa Nwadike at 802-223-2389 ext. 216 or

Industrial Explores Exhibit Images

July 13th, 2011 by Alice

For more text-only version and more information about this exhibit, please click here.

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Brown Company R&D: “Industrial Explorers” Exhibition Online

July 13th, 2011 by Alice

The “Industrial Explorers” exhibition of panels tracing the origins and history of the innovative Brown Company Research and Development group is now available to view online and to download (see links below).

The Berlin, NH, company pioneered a number of innovations, driven by a desire to make better use of the forest as a resource for a wide array of products—from “aeroplane spruce” to “kraft” pulp/paper, and including some unlikely stops along the way (“Kream Krisp,” anyone?).

Below are links to two files and one web page. The first is to a file of the panels, themselves. The second is a transcription of the text on the panels. The third is a page on this website, where you can view images of the panels.  We’ll post a link to an online slide-show version of the exhibition in the near future.



JPEG Panel Images

Please contact Linda Upham-Bornstein, who did the research and developed the content of the exhibition, with questions or comments.  She can be reached best via email:

All of the photos used on the panels came from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, which you can view and annotate online at:

Amsden & Chase Risk Management Article Featured in Tree Farmer Magazine

March 16th, 2011 by Alice

The article in Tree Farmer magazine is a natural extension of the ongoing workshops and resource development Ben Amsden and Lisa Chase collaborate to provide to landowners in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Tree Farmer magazine’s January/February edition includes a new article co-written by Ben Amsden (Plymouth State University) and Lisa Chase (University of Vermont Extension).  “Tools for Managing Risk in Tree Farm Tourism” highlights the issues, questions, and concerns addressed in previous workshops, and includes helpful ideas about how land owners can best prepare themselves to welcome the public.  Topics covered include liability, insurance, security, and tips for developing a personalized set of tools–such as building a network with other land owners, for sharing information, lessons learned, emerging themes, opportunities and resources.  Read the article here.

Ben Amsden and Lisa Chase have been working together since 2008 to provide content-rich workshops and other resource materials to land owners interested in providing land use access or participatory experiences for fun, recreation, and education.  Ben is the partnerships & grants coordinator and research assistant professor of social science and tourism management of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  Lisa Chase is the director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center and a natural resources specialist with University of Vermont Extension in Burlington in Vermont.  Both Ben and Lisa have a specific interest in the relationship between people and rural landscapes.  Their work with land owners regarding various aspects of risk management is funded in part by the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education (NECRME) at the University of Delaware, in Newark Delaware.


Check Out The Museum of the White Mountains Website!

March 4th, 2011 by Alice

The Museum of the White Mountains’ website is live!   Check it for up-to-date information about on-site and traveling exhibitions, related educational materials, exhibition catalogues, and  online galleries.  Also available are searchable collections, links  to related sites and articles, as well as details about the musuem’s mission and plans.

Paintings like this one by Alvan Fisher (1792-1863) – “Mt Jefferson, on route from Gorham to the Glen House” can be viewed in person or online.


The official opening of the Museum of the White Mountains is scheduled for February 2013 and will include gallery, exhibition, and classroom space, an auditorium, state-of-the-art digital learning resources,  interpretive trail, and meeting space.  Poised at the entrance to the White Mountain National Forest and benefitting from PSU’s educational, archival, and curatorial resources, the Museum of the White Mountains is uniquely suited to gathering and preserving important historical, technical, and cultural artifacts of the region for public and scholarly access.  The museum was established with the donation of a remarkable collection of artifacts by the late Daniel Noel of Intervale, NH.

Museum director Catherine Amidon has an extensive background in regional cultural arts curation and gallery direction.  The Museum of the White Mountains is of particular interest to her owing to both her New England roots and lifetime history of outdoor recreation in the White Mountains.

Lindsay Burke, collections assistant, has twin interests in exhibit design and installation, and collection organization, cataloguing, and care. Goes Live!

February 9th, 2011 by Alice

The Weeks Act Centennial celebrates 100 years since the conservation vision of John Weeks that led to the establishment of the eastern national forests.

A diverse group of individuals and organizations have combined efforts to create an official website to promote information, events, and other opportunities related to the 2011 celebration of the Weeks Act centennial.  In addition to providing an overview of all of the events and educational opportunities related to the centennial celebration, is a treasure trove of information about the history of the Act, cultural arts unique to the region, and multi-media presentations.

Not only is this a great site to visit to get information, it’s interactive!  Share stories about your forest experiences and read those shared by other visitors on the Memories page.  Has your family grown tired of your annual recounting of Uncle Bob climbing that tree in record speed when he heard a bull frog for the first time?  Tell it here!  You’ve got a whole new audience!  Bookmark and return to visit it often for updates, new tales, and to keep track of upcoming events. is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the act, which created Eastern National Forests.  Celebrating the Weeks Act and the creation of Eastern National Forests provides an opportunity to promote increased awareness of sustainable forestry, land stewardship and citizen-based conservation.


Abstracts at the NH Water & Watershed Conference

September 16th, 2010 by CfRP

The 2nd New Hampshire Joint Water and Watershed Conference will be held on March 25 & 26, 2011 at Plymouth State University. The Center for the Environment is a sponsor of the conference.

The call for abstracts is available and abstracts are due October 29, 2010. Conference sponsors, exhibitors, and room sponsors are also being sought.

For more information visit the Center for the Environment article about the NH Water & Watershed Conference

Where are you most likely to see a Weeks Act Centennial Lecture?

June 17th, 2010 by CfRP

Take this poll to help us decide what locations would be best to hold the Weeks Act Lectures!

Where are you most likely to see a Weeks Act Centennial Lecture?

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