Lake Reps to Listen and Debate

Freedom – May 15, 2009 – The State’s forthcoming management plan for historic Ossipee Lake Natural Area will be one of three lake management topics at the 2009 Lake Representatives Forum sponsored by Ossipee Lake Alliance, from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, June 13, at Calumet Conference Center in Freedom.

Don Kent, administrator of DRED’s Natural Heritage Bureau, will discuss how his agency successfully assembled a coalition of boaters, lake associations and State agencies last year to craft a plan that balances recreation and preservation at the unique State-owned site.

The new plan will go into effect this summer, accompanied by a media blitz to create public interest, awareness and cooperation with its objectives.

Other speakers at the event include N.H. Lakes Association president Jared Teusch, who will discuss the elements that should be part of an effective plan to manage the water level of lakes controlled by dams; and Dr. Josh Carroll of UNH and environmental consultant Derek Durbin who will detail sophisticated research tools that lake management specialists are using to classify lakes according to their recreation potential.

The Lake Representatives Forum is a biennial event at which representatives of Ossipee Lake’s businesses and lake associations gather to hear speakers, debate topics and help Ossipee Lake Alliance set its goals. The Forum’s representatives come from the Ossipee River community, Danforth Pond, Round Pond and Loon Lake as well as from the big lake and the bays.

The Alliance’s co-host for the event is Calumet Conference Center, which is a participating Lake Representative and has generously donated use of a meeting room and is providing refreshments.

For more information, contact Susan Marks at (914) 588-3280 or at smmarks@www.ossipeelake.org.

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