Forest Society News & Features

The Forest Society is conducting a timber harvest on the north parcel of the Taves Forest (also known as Parker Hill) in Roxbury this summer.  The planning for this harvest started in 2013, when staff forester Steve Junkin did a comprehensive inventory of the property and wrote a management plan

The public will be able to express opinions and provide feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Northern Pass project at public meetings or by mail or email. 

       On one of our recent hot, humid nights, I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and stumbled through the darkness to the kitchen for a drink of water. On my way back to bed, a long, plaintive, screechy sound floated in through the open living room window.

Liberty Utilities says that pipeline – Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct or NED – is the cheapest way to aggressively grow its customer base. Opponents of the pipeline say the company is overstating that growth in order to get the pipeline built.

The U.S. Department of Energy released its draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Pass Transmission line Tuesday and its conclusions back up some of the concerns by project critics about adverse impacts to landscapes, tourism and property values.

The route proposed for the Northern Pass hydroelectric project by Eversource Energy and HydroQuebec is the cheapest solution for building a 187-mile electric transmission corridor through the state but imposes the greatest environmental impacts, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which has attempted to block the project through the acquisition of easements and property rights in the North Country, said the EIS confirmed the benefit of burying the line.

The long-awaited Northern Pass Environmental Impact Statement was released July 21. Those interested in reading it can find it online here: http://www.northernpasseis.us/library/draft-eis

by Jane A. Difley and John D. Judge

It’s time for the out-of-state and out-of-country interests pushing the current Northern Pass proposal to bury the private transmission line along appropriately designated transportation corridors. A similar project in Vermont shows it can be done.