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4th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Environmental Film Festival Showcases Beauty of Nature, Positive Change

By Sam Ueda

It’s well known that properly maintaining forests and bodies of water are important to sustaining a healthy ecosystem, and New Hampshire is no exception. Sometimes, it takes a truly breathtaking panoramic nature shot on the big screen to inspire people to make a change. This year, a band of local businesses and nonprofits are hoping to inspire people with a series of selected films about preservation.

On April 25, The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will host their 4th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, one stop of many on the festival’s tour. The festival, taking place at The Music Hall, will feature 12 short films, ranging in length and style, hand-picked by the Southeast Land Trust committee.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is held every January in Nevada City, California. Now entering their 12th year, the fest has given hundreds of environmental activists and nature filmmakers a home to showcase their stunning camera skills, all with a different theme each year. This year, the theme of the national film festival is “emPOWERment,” focusing on films about people or organizations that have taken it upon themselves to make a positive change in the environment. Within that theme, the Southeast Land Trust has also taken on a curator’s role in their selections.

“We chose several films with a water theme this year,” said Isabel Aley, Southeast Land Trust Outreach Coordinator. “Preserving this area’s water resources is something very important to the Land Trust.”

Water conservation, though not in the Land Trust’s name, is still an important facet of land conservation. Lakes, streams, and groundwater make up a community’s source of drinking water, and reckless development or pollution can put those sources of water in danger. In a continuing effort to preserve the quality of land and water for New Hampshire’s residents, the Southeast Land Trust puts on events like this film festival to raise awareness about the importance of their mission.

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire is a land conservation non-profit 501c3 based in Exeter. Its mission is to protect and sustain the significant lands in our communities for clean water, outdoor recreation, fresh food, wildlife, and healthy forests. It has preserved over 9,250 acres of land since its inception in 1980.

A $15 ticket grants you access to the film festival and an automatic entry in a raffle for prizes such as a one-year membership to Zev Yoga, a one-year Green Alliance membership, and others. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Southeast Land Trust.

A number of local businesses with similar goals in mind have banded together to sponsor the event. ReVision Energy, one of the state’s leading solar energy companies, is the largest sponsor.

“You can develop until you’re blue in the face; people think there’s always going to be more land to develop,” said Kimry Corrette of ReVision Energy, “I think these grassroots conservation efforts are necessary, and they’re appreciated by people like us. Someone has to do it.”

Conservation Law Foundation, Cornerstone Tree Care, and Ultra Geothermal also sponsor the festival. These businesses, as well as ReVision Energy, are members of the Green Alliance, a union of sustainable businesses in the northeast.

Corrette of ReVision Energy was also on the committee to select the films. She chose films that got the point across about the harmfulness of development, but were also able to inspire viewers to make positive changes.

“I want people to walk away from this festival feeling some hope,” she said. “As far as my input on the selections, I tried to choose videos that were informative but not too heavy, so you can feel empowered afterwards.”

Aley reflected on the films selected for the festival.

“My favorite film was ‘One Day in Yosemite’. It has beautiful shots of Yosemite National Park, and there are little vignettes of people enjoying different activities in the park,” she said. “It’s a nice collage of shots to show people why public lands are important to our society and all the ways they can be used. I found it to be a very powerful, beautiful, uplifting message about the types of special places we’re working to conserve.”

The festival will take place at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on Friday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at themusichall.org.

 
 
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2014 Photo Contest

“Sustaining People and Nature” Photo Contest

We are excited to announce our 2014 photo contest with the theme of “Sustaining People and Nature”.  What local conservation lands inspire you and connect you to the natural world?  What special places mean something to you and your family or your community?  Photos with people are encouraged and photos of Southeast Land Trust properties will be favored.  The top three winners will secure spots in our 2015 wall calendar and receive 10 printed calendars as a thank-you gift.  Please note if your photo is selected for the calendar the photo’s resolution should be 300ppi (pixels per inch) at an image size of 9”x12”.  This means the file size will be very large (20mb to 30mb).  Please submit photos on our Facebook page or email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for consideration.  

Please submit photos by August 1, 2014.  We look forward to seeing your entries!

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Current News

Recent Articles and Editorials

September 6, 2013: Bid to save Gov. Dale property reaches milestone Seacoastonline.com

September 5, 2013: Gov. Dale Farm Conservation 'Nearly There' Hampton-North Hampton Patch

September 3, 2013: Caretaker recalls Gov. Dale property Seacoastonline.com

August 19, 2013: Hope that twin goals of saving land and lowering tax bills can dovetail, unionleader.com

July 26, 2013: Group secures federal money to protect North Hampton farm, Fosters.com

June 7, 2013: Stratham Recognized for Conservation Effort, Exeter News-Letter

April 25, 2013:Wild and Scenic Film Fest Screens in Portsmouth, Union Leader

April 5, 2013: $25k Grant offered to aid Gov. Dale Farm, Hampton Union

March 5, 2013: NH House budget-writing panel urged to not divert LCHIP funding, Concord Monitor

March 1, 2013: Help Save the Gov. Dale Estate, Hampton Union

February 28, 2013: Governor Dale a win-win partnership, Hampton Union

February 28, 2013: Governor Dale Farm an important historic property, Hampton Union

February 22, 2013: Support Growing for conserving Gov. Dale property, Hampton Union

February 22, 2013: Ex-governor's estate is added to state registry, Hampton Union

February 22, 2013: Take a forest tour in Kingston, Eagle Tribune

January 31, 2013: Kingston seeks to preseve land, Union Leader

January 21, 2013:  Piscassic Greenway adds acres of habitat in Newmarket; Fosters Daily Democrat

December 27, 2012: Plaistow Receives $100k to protect Town Forest; Eagle Tribune

December 13, 2012: Controversial Workforce Housing Development Scrapped for Conservation Easement; Hampton Patch

December 4, 2012; Budget to save land, keep the past alive in New Hampshire is announced; Concord Monitor

November 21, 2012: New sign asks: ‘Enjoying the View?’Promotes conservation of Oyster River Initiative and need for private donations; Fosters Daily Democrat

October 9, 2012; Trustees turn over ownership of Gilman Park to the town of Exeter; Exeter News-Letter

September 4, 2012; Officials OK easement; Exeter News-Letter

August 28, 2012; Town of Exeter finally owner of Gilman Park; Exeter News-Letter

August 23, 2012; Easements limit future Batchelder Farm development; Boston Globe

August 17, 2012; Partnership conserves Batchelder Farm in Hampton; seacoastonline.com

July 24, 2012; Easement conserves Roberts farm land; seacoastonline.com

May 20, 2012; New shows announced: Granite State Music Fest, Ed Gerhard, Muir String Quartet, Lucinda Williams, The Wire

April 24, 2012; Plaistow begins process of protecting town forest; Eagle Tribune

April 12, 2012; Wild & Scenic; Portsmouth Herald

March 27, 2012; Southeast Land Trust seekes accreditation in Exeter, Foaster's Daily Democrat

March 16, 2012; Selectmen OK conservation easements, seacoastonline.com

March 6, 2012; Town may protect 61 acres of farmland, seacoastonline.com

March 5, 2012; Beer fans, brewers celebrate Kate the Great Day, seacoastonline.com

February 18, 2012; Kate The Great Day 2012 Details from Portsmouth Brewery, The Full Pint

February 18, 2012; Lottery tickets on sale in city for world-renowned Kate the Great beer, seacoastonline.com

February 14, 2012; Ticket sales expected soon for "Kate the Great" Day, seacoastonline.com

February 14, 2012; Brentwood farm now protected, seacoastonline.com

January 17, 2012; Batchelder Farm conservation effort a success, ExeterPatch

January 17, 2012; Farm preservation effort on NH Seacoast reaches fundraising goal, The Republic

January 16, 2012; Batchelder Farm conservation goal achieved; seacoastonline.com

January 15, 2012; Campaign to conserve Batchelder Farm in Hampton meets goal: More than 130 contributors complete fundraising phase for 120-acre farm, Foster's Daily Democrat

 

 
   
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