Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 9, 2014 –  Members of the Leadership Seacoast Class of 2014 discussed the many complex issues involved with managing the Seacoast’s protected areas at its recent Environment Day held at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

The impressive lineup of local leaders in the environmental space from both private companies and nonprofits included: Brian Hart, Southeastern Land Trust; Colleen Vonhaden, Director of Sustainability, Timberland; Rian Beddard, Owner, Mr. Fox Composting; A.J. Dupre, Community Forester at the Urban Forestry Center; and Jill Farrell, Community Impact Program Manager, Piscataqua Region Estuary Partnership.

“This year’s Environment Day, like others in the past, was eye-opening for class members as they were exposed to critical data and information from some of the most knowledgeable leaders in their fields to which they might typically not have access,” said Leadership Seacoast Executive Director Jennifer Wheeler.

“For example, many attendees were surprised to learn that 1840 acres of impervious surfaces are added each year in New Hampshire and were curious about the implications of this for the Seacoast region.”

The class also enjoyed time exploring the salt marshes and fresh water areas around the Urban Forestry Center.

Leadership Seacoast’s 2014 Environment Day was sponsored by Unitil Corp. Unitil is a gas and electric utility serving Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. Unitil is committed to the communities it serves and to developing people, business practices and technologies that lead to dependable, more efficient energy. Its operating utilities serve approximately 175,000 electric and natural gas customers. For more information on Leadership Seacoast and its curriculum or becoming a corporate sponsor, please visit: www.LeadershipSeacoast.org

About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Leadership Seacoast proudly boasts more than two decades of achievement through its consistent commitment to educating future Seacoast leaders through the exploration of community issues, effective leadership practices, and personal involvement opportunities. Program graduates finish with a wide net of connections in which to foster a better community. For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor or program candidate, please visit www.leadershipseacoast.org.