In 1996, The Saco River Local Advisory Committee (SRLAC) reviewed several river-related proposals in the watershed including wetlands permit applications for the Yield House re-development project and the cap construction at Bartlett Landfill. Also considered were two proposals to repair flood damage along the Saco River; replacement of the flood control berm in Hart's Location and an application to make emergency repairs along Route 302. The SRLAC also reviewed a proposal to replace the Bemis Bridge.
In March 1996, the SRLAC met with representatives from the NH Office of State Planning and the NH Fish & Game Department (NH F&G) and Jim MacCartney, from the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program to identify ways in which the SRLAC could assist NH Fish & Game in monitoring the Attitash Conservation Easement. The project had been in process for nearly a year with many organizations working cooperatively, including Executive Councilor Ray Burton; State Rivers Coordinator James MacCartney; Phil Gravink, President of Attitash Bear Peak; David Fox, Chairman of the Bartlett Planning Board and Bill Carpenter, Land Agent of NH F&G. The easement will protect nearly one mile of Saco River frontage for public use in the Town of Bartlett. The Saco River Local Advisory Committee will monitor the 17 acre property annually and report violations to NH F&G and Attitash Bear Peak. The Saco River Local Advisory Committee conducted its first easement inspection on Sunday, October 6, 1996, with representatives.