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2008 Natural Resources Volunteer Course


New Hampshire�s Natural Resources Volunteer Program � Applications Now Being Accepted

Do you enjoy learning about New Hampshire�s outdoors and sharing with others? Are you concerned about the future of New Hampshire�s forest, wildlife, and water resources? Are you on a member of conservation commission, land trust, or watershed association or have thought about becoming more involved in your community?  If you answered �yes� to any of these questions, New Hampshire�s Natural Resource Volunteer Program can provide you with many opportunities. 


X-country skiing at Wagon Hill Farm Beginning in September 2008, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with several natural resources agencies*, will host New Hampshire�s Natural Resources Volunteer Program - core training for Community Tree Stewards, Earth Team and Wonders of Wildlife volunteers.  Space is limited so apply early!


The course consists of 12 sessions that include: local ecosystems, watersheds and changing land use; wildlife species and habitats; soil and water resources; working with local governments for natural resource management; land conservation and protection; tree identification, evaluation, planting, and care; threatened and endangered plant and animal communities; sustainable living, integrated landscaping, and climate change; and what you can do to help make a difference. (The course may also be taken for college credit through Great Bay Community College, Manchester Community College, or the University of New Hampshire.)


These sessions provide participants with a comprehensive background in natural resources, and in return participants have a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer.  Program graduates volunteer through each of the partnering agencies� programs: Community Tree Stewards, Wonders of Wildlife, and Earth Team Volunteers, and/or they can volunteer in their own communities. 


Graduates from New Hampshire�s Natural Resources Volunteer Program help inventory natural resources; permanently protect thousands of acres of land; develop community gardens and landscapes; discover endangered species; join conservation commissions, watershed associations, and lands trusts; deliver educational programs to adults and children; write and publish articles; and measure some of the largest trees in New Hampshire!  Since 1991 the program has assisted over 100 New Hampshire communities.

The next courses are being offered at the Community Colleges from 8:45am � 4pm on Wednesdays in Stratham, and Fridays in Manchester beginning on September 3, and September 5, 2008, respectively.  Each site will host the series of 12 sessions through November 21, 2008. 


A $75.00 course fee** includes extensive resource material.  Participants are asked in return to volunteer 40 hours over a two-year period of time through a wide variety of projects and activities that focus on New Hampshire�s natural resources. 


Space is limited so apply early, for an application or more information click here. To learn more about the Natural Resources Volunteer Program contact Genevieve Backus, Earth Team State Volunteer Coordinator at 603-868-7581, or Mary Tebo, University of New Hampshire Extension Community Forestry Educator at 603-629-9494 Ext. 140.


* New Hampshire�s Natural Resource Volunteer Program is sponsored through a unique partnership of local agencies responsible for protecting and managing the state�s natural resources including: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and County Conservation Districts.


** A fee is charged for this program to cover costs.  A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals unable to pay.  University of New Hampshire  Cooperative Extension programs and policies are consistent with Federal and State Laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veterans status, or marital status. UNH, USDA - NRCS, and New Hampshire counties cooperating.