Greetings from your new Lamprey River Watershed Association Director
With excitement and enthusiasm, I’d like to wish everyone in the Lamprey River Watershed catchment area all the best wishes for 2019! As the new Executive Director, I am eager to meet as many people as I can, who share the common interest of the Lamprey’s health, and share the appreciation of its beauty, recreation opportunities and undisturbed habitat for wildlife and plants along the river’s nearly 50 miles to the Great Bay. I am looking forward to meeting people involved in similar organizations, to help make our focus on the Lamprey’s water quality as strong as it can be. With a sense of celebrating the river, I hope to continue and expand our educational programming. I’m already at work planning community events to promote a sense of pride for the Lamprey River’s beauty – for the Watershed as well as for the state of NH and greater coastline.
In the coming months, be looking for e-mails and regular mail, to help us update our data base, and share our updates and calendar of events as effectively as possible with you. I’d like your feedback about what you’d like to see the Lamprey River Watershed Association offer, as well as learn what you have liked best over the years. Your time and input is valuable as the Board and I look forward to 2019 and beyond. When you see your survey, please take the time to offer your ideas and responses.
So far as Executive Director, I have been able to participate in various workshops and conferences to learn the most up-to-date information available to people involved with climate change, floodwater protection, mapping, wildlife migration habits, and invasive species. Additionally, I have participated in a workshop offered through the Center for Nonprofits, where I met several dozen Executive Directors of organizations across the state where we learned about growth and sustainability of organizations. Serving as a member of my local Conservation Commission, I attended the NH statewide Conservation Commission Conference in November. Over the past two months, I have been heartened by the warm welcome from the many people I’ve met so far, sharing their advice and ideas.
We’re all in it together – with the support of the LRWA Board, the Lamprey River Advisory Committee, and your input about programs you’d like to see us sponsor, events you’d like to attend, and ways you’d like to volunteer and meet people with similar interests, 2019 will be a year of growth for the Lamprey River Watershed Association. High Five for the Lamprey River!
Sincerely, Cris Blackstone
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The Lamprey River Watershed Association (LRWA) was formed in 1983 to promote the restoration, conservation, wise development and use of the natural resources of the Lamprey River Watershed. Conserving fish and wildlife, forests, soil and water resources along with pollution abatement are key goals of the Association. Through education and research, the LRWA will work to increase the understanding among citizens about the importance of water and land conservation in the watershed.
The Lamprey River Watershed Association works in partnership with other conservation organizations and citizen groups to maintain or improve the natural health and beauty of the watershed. The Lamprey Watershed Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
LRWA Board of Directors – meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5 pm at the Lee Safety Complex. Public welcome. Prospective board members encouraged to contact LRWA at volunteer at lrwa-nh.org. All skills can be put to good use helping to make our watershed sustainable!