What important pieces of environmental legislature were tackled over the past year? And what were the outcomes? Perhaps you were not as tapped into the State House as you would have liked? Not to worry – Jim O’Brien, NH Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, will present an ‘environmental report card’ for the state. He will discuss how the State voted on relevant environmental issues in 2011, highlighting victories and defeats for the state’s plants, animals, and waterways. He also will provide a preview of important upcoming issues in the 2012 legislative session. Interested? You won’t want to miss Tin Mountain’s monthly EcoForum on Thursday, February 9, noon-1pm.

Jim O’Brien is the Director of External Affairs for the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and is responsible for the organization’s government relations activities. O’Brien is recognized by leaders in both political parties as a “go to” expert on conservation policy and advocacy.  Prior to his current position at The Nature Conservancy, O’Brien was the founding Executive Director of Conservation NH, and managed political campaigns for state and federal candidates. O’Brien currently serves as Chairman of his town’s select board, and is active on several boards and committees including the Shoreland Advisory Committee and the NH Climate Collaborative. O’Brien lives in Hopkinton, NH with his wife and four children. 

In Tin Mountain’s February EcoForum, Jim O’Brien will present on the status of New Hampshire’s environment in the State House.  While other issues have received the spotlight over the past few years, there has been much debate on issues affecting our environment and quality of life. From energy issues such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to the future of local land conservation funding, the discussions and decisions being made in Concord will affect the state’s environment and economy in both the short and long term. O’Brien will speak about the outcomes of the 2011 session and highlight the important environmental legislation that will be voted on in 2012.

The Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee and Espresso. It is presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The public is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.