Environment http://nhpr.org en Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird http://nhpr.org/post/vermont-conducts-loon-count-gauge-health-bird <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:55 +0000 Associated Press 52352 at http://nhpr.org Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird $2.2M In Drinking Water Grants Available For Southern N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/22m-drinking-water-grants-available-southern-nh <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says there is $2.2 million available this fall for grants to protect drinking water in the southern part of the state.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:56:53 +0000 Associated Press 51950 at http://nhpr.org $2.2M In Drinking Water Grants Available For Southern N.H. New Hampshire Beaches Get High Marks For Water Quality http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-beaches-get-high-marks-water-quality <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Three beaches in New Hampshire are getting high marks for clean water quality.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The beaches are Hampton Beach State Park, Wallis Sands Beach at Wallis Road, and Wallis Sands State Park beach.</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:23:52 +0000 Associated Press 51042 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Beaches Get High Marks For Water Quality 'Last Surviving' Elm Tree In Portsmouth Has Died http://nhpr.org/post/last-surviving-elm-tree-portsmouth-has-died <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">City officials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, say one of their oldest trees has died.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The American elm tree on Peirce Island was over 100 years old.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:40:31 +0000 Associated Press 50885 at http://nhpr.org 'Last Surviving' Elm Tree In Portsmouth Has Died UNH Touts Unique Compost System http://nhpr.org/post/unh-touts-unique-compost-system <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of New Hampshire is celebrating its use of a unique energy recovery composting system. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UNH is believed to be the only university in the nation with such a compost facility, which captures generated heat for water that can be pumped to reservoirs and used for wash water, provide pre-heated water for a boiler or be used in heating systems. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:49:46 +0000 Associated Press 50645 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild Celebrates Solstice http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-celebrates-solstice <p>Today is the last lengthening day of the year. Tomorrow - Summer Solstice - is the first full day of summer. Hooray! In that sense, today is the "end of the beginning" while tomorrow marks the "beginning of the end."</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:39:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 49920 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild Celebrates Solstice N.H.'s War On Invasive Bugs & Plants http://nhpr.org/post/nhs-war-invasive-bugs-plants <p></p><p>In New Hampshire lakes, rivers and ponds, non-indigenous plants have moved in choking out the natural flora and fauna, but volunteers and state officials have taken up the fight against them. We’ll look at the latest in that fight, as well as invasive insects from the Emerald Ash Borer to the Wooly Adelgid.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:36 +0000 The Exchange 50396 at http://nhpr.org N.H.'s War On Invasive Bugs & Plants Busting The Lady Slipper Myth: Not Rare, Legal To Pick http://nhpr.org/post/busting-lady-slipper-myth-not-rare-legal-pick <p>The New Hampshire state wildflower is blooming, and with it, the myth that surrounds it: that it’s super rare, and illegal to pick. In fact, the pink and white flower we know as the Lady Slipper is quite common. And picking this flower is completely legal.</p><p>“They are not considered ‘rare,’ they are actually common but are listed on the ‘special concerns’ list because they have propagation and climate issues,” according to <a href="http://www.nh-roots.org/index.php/history-articles/85-new-hampshires-most-enduring-myth">NH Roots</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:12:54 +0000 Austin Cowan 50192 at http://nhpr.org Busting The Lady Slipper Myth: Not Rare, Legal To Pick Something Wild: The Eerie Sounding Veery http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-eerie-sounding-veery <p>The song of the veery is a haunting, ethereal song. Males sing at dusk, a time when not many other birds sing and daytime winds have calmed. It's also a time when the air turns damp; dense, moist air transfers sound waves better than dry air.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:33:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 49771 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: The Eerie Sounding Veery Bobcats In The Granite State http://nhpr.org/post/bobcats-granite-state <p>Researchers out of Durham are close to completing a study on bobcat populations in the Granite State. Though no one is sure how many bobcats are in New Hampshire, increased sightings and captures over the past decade have led researchers to believe bobcats are rebounding.</p><p>Dr. Marian Litvaitis and her husband John, both professors at UNH, have spearheaded the investigation as part of a project collaboration . Now in the project's fourth year, Litvaitis and her team are now focused primarily on bobcat genetics. I talked with Dr. Litvaitis&nbsp;about the rebounding cat on Thursday:</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:03:42 +0000 Austin Cowan & Rick Ganley 50111 at http://nhpr.org Bobcats In The Granite State Half The Wood For Berlin Biomass Coming From New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/half-wood-berlin-biomass-coming-new-hampshire <p>About 51 percent of the wood purchased for the new Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin during its first two months of operation came from New Hampshire, according to a new “sustainability” <a href="http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/2009-02/documents/140516report.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">filed with the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.</span></p><p>Thirty-five percent came from Maine.</p><p>Five percent from Vermont.</p><p>Eight percent from Massachusetts.</p><p>And "one truck load" came from Canada.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:50:32 +0000 Chris Jensen 49065 at http://nhpr.org Maintaining Level Of Winnipesaukee A Delicate Balance For Boaters, Environment http://nhpr.org/post/maintaining-level-winnipesaukee-delicate-balance-boaters-environment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As summer approaches, boaters who enjoy spending time on Lake </span>Winnipesaukee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have their eyes focused on two things: the weather and the <a href="http://www2.des.state.nh.us/RTi_Home/station_information_display.asp?ID=WEIN3&amp;NAME=Lake+Winnipesaukee&amp;FULLPOND=Full+Lake+=+4.32+ft.+Local+=+504.32+ft.+above+sea+level">lake level.</a></span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:28:13 +0000 Ray Carbone 48332 at http://nhpr.org Maintaining Level Of Winnipesaukee A Delicate Balance For Boaters, Environment The Lakeport Dam: Standing At New Hampshire's Water Crossroads http://nhpr.org/post/lakeport-dam-standing-new-hampshires-water-crossroads <p>The <a href="http://weirsbeach.com/reasons-to-visit/history/natives/lakeport-dam/">Lakeport Dam </a>is only about 222-feet wide and more than 60 years old, but it stands at a unique New Hampshire crossroads.</p><p>Upstream is Lake Winnipesaukee, the state’s largest lake covering more than 44½ thousands of acres of surface area and plunging to a depth of up to 212 feet.</p><p>Downstream is&nbsp; the Winnipesaukee River, which travels through downtown Laconia (“The City of Lakes”) and then into Lake Winnisquam, the fourth-largest lake in New Hampshire.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Ray Carbone 48335 at http://nhpr.org The Lakeport Dam: Standing At New Hampshire's Water Crossroads Maine DEP Withdraws Formaldehyde Rule Proposal, Dismaying Environmentalists http://nhpr.org/post/maine-dep-withdraws-formaldehyde-rule-proposal-dismaying-environmentalists <p><span style="color: rgb(44, 44, 44); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; text-align: justify;">Say the word "formaldehyde" and you can practically smell it. The pungent preservative is associated with everything from nail polish and hair straightener to embalming fluid and fetal pigs. Wed, 07 May 2014 18:10:55 +0000 Susan Sharon 48088 at http://nhpr.org Maine DEP Withdraws Formaldehyde Rule Proposal, Dismaying Environmentalists Northeast Wilderness Trust Preserves NH's Land http://nhpr.org/post/northeast-wilderness-trust-preserves-nhs-land <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_cards" target="_blank">Fred and Rosalind Slavic</a> built their home on a thickly wooded site in Fitzwilliam a half century ago. They wanted their 300-acre tract to remain in a wild state, so they have willed it to the <a href="http://www.newildernesstrust.org/projects/new-hampshire/slavic-wildlife-and-wilderness-sanctuary/" target="_blank">Northeast Wilderness Trust</a>. The trust will dismantle the buildings and retain an easement on the land.</p><p></p> Sat, 03 May 2014 18:40:00 +0000 Andrew Parrella 47277 at http://nhpr.org Northeast Wilderness Trust Preserves NH's Land