May 20th, 2011 by Melissa
The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary. The Weeks Act authorized the Federal purchase of land which has since helped to create 52 National Forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. These valuable forests now provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, forest products and so much more.
We are celebrating this important legislation and milestone at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival on July 29th. There will be areas of activity to enjoy in several Pavilions at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.
The Main Pavilion will highlight partnerships in conservation, recreation, and a White Mountain Marketplace that showcases area services, products and attractions. The Main Pavilion will also host the stage where music, comedy and storytelling will be presented.
The Forest and Family Experience Pavilion will have many hands-on, family-friendly activities, including Hike Safe instruction, Junior Ranger activities and forest explorations. You will find forestry demonstrations from past and present, watch craftsmen create their wares from wood, and learn about all that the forests have to offer at the Woodlands Pavilion. Food and refreshments will be available all day long under the Festival Food Pavilion.
This free, public event 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.
For more information, go to www.weekslegacy.org, or call 603.536.6100.
May 3rd, 2011 by Alice
PSU students present their engaged research from 3:30-6:00 on Tuesday, May 3, 2011
This afternoon in Heritage Common, PSU students will present the results of their engaged research. The range of topics and areas of interest reflect current and emerging regional priorities. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how PSU students express the value of their education through service, functional contributions, and intellectual expansion. These presentations are among the brightest highlights of our work and we hope you’ll join us. Co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Partnerships and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies. The presentations begin at 3:30 pm and will conclude at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
April 14th, 2011 by Alice
Thaddeus C Guldbrandsen
Spring is here! It’s brought with it a flurry of exciting activity that I look forward to sharing here. Right now, though, I’m in the thick of it and today’s note reflects the fact that I’m walking out the door (again) as soon as I hit the “Publish” button.
We have received a number of requests for assistance, research, and assessment of the Northern Pass Project, so I think it might be useful to provide a clear statement about where we stand:
Plymouth State University and the Center for Rural Partnerships are not taking a position on the Northern Pass in any way.
Plymouth State University is a diverse community, comprised of people with many different perspectives. As an institution, we are not intervening in the conversation. As individual citizens we are free to exercise our First Amendment rights as we see fit.
At this time, we have no plans to do any research or write anything about the project’s implications or its impacts. We are involved with on-going conversations with other intuitions of higher learning and state agencies about appropriate roles for us to play, working in collaboration with other neutral partners. We believe that this neutrality provides the best opportunity to be of service to the region. More about why in the near future.
Until next time,
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