Education & Training Opportunities

At NHACC we offer guidance and training to our conservation commissioners on a variety of issues including conservation funding, developing  natural resource inventory, and many other topics. We help educate our members with programs like the on-line Lunch & Learn presentations, Regional Roundtables and our electronic newsletter, NHACC Enews.

NHACC & NHDES Wetlands Training Program Series

Winter Spring 2023

Wetlands are among the most biologically diverse, productive, and unique habitats on earth. No part of our landscape provides so many benefits at so little cost to the public. Wetlands play a role in flood control, water quality maintenance and improvement, groundwater discharge and recharge, shoreline stabilization, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and education.

The NHACC believes that a comprehensive training program developed by NH DES staff and certified wetlands scientists can improve the permit review process for both applicants and commissioners, while successfully protecting critical wetlands. 

The training is designed as a seven-part series of programs that include 5 online training sessions and two in-person workshops. The Zoom programs will be recorded and available to registrants. We encourage participants to attend all seven programs to fully benefit from the progression of topics and skills. Commission members who attend all seven programs will be sent a certificate of completion in recognition of their commitment to protecting wetlands.

Session 1

Introduction to Wetlands Identification

Friday, January 27, 2023

12 to 1:30 pm presented on Zoom

Rick Van de Poll, CWS, and Barbara Richter, NHACC

This introductory program will help participants become familiar with resources and terminology used in wetlands identification. The session will provide participants with a basic understanding of wetland functions and values. This course is the foundation of the training series and will help commissioners who are new to the wetlands permit review process.

Session 2

Wetlands Laws and Clarification of Local, State, and Federal Jurisdiction

Friday, February 24, 2023

12 to 1:30 pm presented Zoom

Sandy Crystall, CWS and Rick Van de Poll, CWS

This session will provide an overview of the federal, state, and local regulations and will help conservation commission members determine what agency has authority in each jurisdiction. The program will cover RSA 482-A and NH Administrative Rule Chapter Env-Wt 100-900, an overview of NH’s permit process, and the timelines required in the review process. Participants will learn about the various types of permits, what activities require a Fill and Dredge permit, and how conservation commissions can provide comments and suggestions to NH DES.

Session 3

NH DES On-line GIS Mapping Tools

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

12 to 1:30 pm presented Zoom

Stefanie Tetreault, NH DES

This session is an introduction to several NH DES online GIS mapping products. Wetlands Permit Planning Tools are available to commission members for desktop site review and screening. Participants will learn how to use online mapping tools to gather information and interpret data. Participants are required to view several of the online tool prior to the class in order to become familiar with the options available online.


Upcoming programs in the wetlands training series

DES Rules and How the Permit Review Process Works

Wetland Assessment -- Classroom Foundation

Functional Assessment Field Study  

How to Review Plans and Create an Efficient Review Process  


Handbooks and Guidance Documents

We publish the Handbook for New Hampshire’s Municipal Conservation Commissions, and the NH Municipal Conservation Fund Guidebook. We keep our members up-to-date with monthly E-newsletter with a current list of training opportunities. We provide wetlands guidance documents and sample templates for policies and procedures. Contact the NHACC office if you are looking for examples from other conservation commissions.