UNH Forum Focuses On Growth
And Change In The Seacoast
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 28, 2005
Editors and News Directors: In addition to publicizing the forum,
you are invited to attend. Audio from the video that will be shown
will be available for your use.
DURHAM, N.H. – The impact of land use change on Seacoast residents
over the last 40 years will be explored in a forum Wednesday, Nov.
9, 2005, from 7-9 p.m. in the 1925 Room of the Elliott Alumni Center
on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire. The forum
is free and open to the public.
Organized by the Carsey
Institute at UNH and the New
Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer
System (GRANIT), the forum will feature a presentation on trends
in indicators of well-being in Rockingham and Strafford counties
as well as personal accounts from local residents and a panel presentation
on best practices for the future.
“Aerial photographs from 1962, 1974 and 1998 show how land
use in the Seacoast has changed over the last 40 years, but what
we didn’t know was how that change has affected the lives
of the people living here,” said Amy Seif, project director
with the Carsey Institute.
University researchers will present the results of the year-long
project designed to uncover some of the effects of change on residents
– funded by the New Hampshire Coastal Program, the New Hampshire
Charitable Foundation-Piscataqua Region, the Robert & Patricia
Switzer Foundation and the UNH
Center for the Humanities – during The Changing Face
of the Seacoast forum. Researchers collected a myriad of information
on towns in the Seacoast, including census data, agricultural statistics,
police and fire calls, and incidence of heart disease.
“We want people to consider the reality of growth,”
said Seif. “The impacts are not all negative, but with growth
come neighbors of a new subdivision. The history of change in the
Seacoast may provide good lessons for communities to the west and
north that are experiencing growth more slowly.”
The forum will also feature a video of six local residents talking
about how they have experienced these changes in their own lives
and professions, including a farmer, a police chief and the director
of a homeless shelter, and will end with a panel discussion by county
and state planners on steps people can take to plan for future growth.
Directions to the Elliott Alumni Center are available at http://www.alumni.unh.edu/photos/maps/mapnh.html.
If you are interested in attending the forum, RSVP with your name
and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org
or (603) 862-4240.