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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 7, 2009
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

DES and NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists Sign Partnership Agreement
Agreement signed as part of DES Partners Program

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS) today signed a partnership agreement to recognize their common goals of promoting the responsible use of the state’s natural resources, educating the public regarding the natural resource sciences, and supporting natural resource science professions in New Hampshire.

This partnership agreement is the 11th to be signed as part of the DES Partners Program initiated with a wide range of organizations across New Hampshire. “Our Partners Program enables DES to better align our joint efforts in support of the Department’s goals and the goals of our partner organizations,” stated DES Commissioner Tom Burack.

In the Agreement, DES and NHANRS agree to collaborate on education and staff development, and DES agrees to support NHANRS in the continued development of natural scientist certifications or licensure in keeping with regulatory requirements, and as appropriate to maintain professional standards and ethics. NHANRS agrees to provide technical expertise to DES in order to develop sound environmental protection policies and to identify environmental indicators that will track New Hampshire’s environmental health and to work with DES to form a Water Quality Standards Advisory Committee workgroup to provide input to DES on development of biocriteria and rapid assessment method for NH wetlands. The specific areas of cooperation are detailed in a work plan covering the period from May 2009 to May 2011.

DES initiated the DES Partners Program to advance the agency’s mission of sustaining a high quality of life for all citizens by protecting and restoring the environment and public health in New Hampshire. It is anticipated that the Partners Program will help to raise environmental awareness through a strengthening of the Department’s current relationships with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), trade associations, industry, business and other organizations in New Hampshire, as well as the development of new collaborative relationships.

A copy of the agreement will be posted with this press release at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/partners_program.htm or is available upon request. For more information about the agreement or the DES Partners Program, please call Sharon Yergeau at (603) 271-2918.

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