NH Audubon advocates for effective, science-based environmental policies through the activities of the Environmental Policy Committee (EPC) and Conservation Department staff. The EPC meets monthly to discuss current environmental issues and proposed legislation, and develop positions and strategies for advocacy. Committee members include representatives of NH Audubon staff, Board of Trustees, and membership at large.
At the federal level, NH Audubon provides comments on management plans for New Hampshire’s National Forest and National Wildlife Refuge lands, joins coalitions to comment on proposed laws and regulations, and meets with Congressional delegates and staffers to discuss high priority environmental issues.
At the state level, staff scientists represent NH Audubon on the NH Forest Advisory Board, the NH Forest Legacy Board, and ad hoc state working groups, technical committees, and legislative commissions convened to address environmental and land management issues. EPC committee members review and testify at legislative hearings for major environmental legislation. NH Audubon provides comments on the NH Forest Resources Plan, major transportation projects, state energy policies, and contaminants issues.