Northern Pass

Northern Pass Appeal Denied by NH Supreme Court

One of the biggest topics of conversation in New Hampshire over the last several years centers around the proposed Northern Pass project. As we learn on July 19, 2019 of the NH Supreme Court’s decision to deny the project leader’s appeal of the Site Evaluation Committee’s “no” decision, we want to share how excited we are of the growing interest by people across the state — sparked by Northern Pass advocacy — to identify, document, steward and celebrate cultural landscapes.

Scenic views, farming valleys and mill systems, recreational corridors and more are so much of what make New Hampshire look and feel like New Hampshire. More on new and big ways of thinking here. And last year’s “what we learned” piece from Jennifer Goodman (our Executive Director) and Sharee Williamson from National Trust for Historic Preservation offers local and national perspectives as well.

Here is a crowd opposing the project at a rally in downtown Plymouth during a site visit by members of the SEC. Photo: Kristen Buckley

Here is a crowd opposing the project at a rally in downtown Plymouth during a site visit by members of the SEC. Photo: Kristen Buckley

During the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) review process, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and other intervenors, expressed concerns about the proposed Northern Pass project’s negative impacts to historic resources.

“The N.H. Preservation Alliance is grateful to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its excellent assistance, and thanks people along the proposed route who shared concerns and information about individual properties as well as significant agricultural landscapes, village settings, and scenic views,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. “New Hampshire not only enjoys a rich history, but also an impressive commitment to civic responsibility and environmental stewardship.”

The National Trust also raised strenuous objections during the Department of Energy’s federal permitting process, citing the harm that the project would cause to New Hampshire’s cultural landscapes.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been advocating for the protection of this significant landscape since 2011 and designated the site a National Treasure in 2015.

To the SEC about Northern Pass: Vote FOR Our Irreplaceable Assets


Breaking news on February 1, 2018: SEC denies permit!

January 30 piece: It’s decision-making time for the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) as they begin deliberations on January 30, 2018 to decide whether to approve or reject the Northern Pass project.  The SEC is tasked with considering the proposed energy project’s impact on New Hampshire’s historic, aesthetic, economic and other resources.

Citizens from Pittsburg to Deerfield have expressed concerns to the SEC about the proposed project’s negative effects on historic and cultural landscapes of New Hampshire. They’ve provided powerful, in-depth evidence for places that make New Hampshire unique like our town centers, agricultural areas, and historic hiking trails. The Preservation Alliance, National Trust for Historic Preservation and other conservation, preservation and municipal groups have detailed impacts much greater than the applicant contends, impacts that meet the SEC’s threshold to say “no.”

The National Trust named New Hampshire’s cultural and scenic landscapes a “National Treasure” in the face of the threat of this nearly 200-mile project with approximately 1,500 transmission towers. The Treasures are a small portfolio of threatened properties and places that are essential to save or revive; the current group includes Music Row in Nashville, Theodore Roosevelt’s ranch in North Dakota and Virginia’s James River, the site America’s first permanent English colony.

Thank you to all who have spoken up on behalf of our special places. In this state, we benefit from a history and culture that embraces civic responsibility and environmental stewardship. We hope that the Site Evaluation Committee has heard these voices, absorbed this evidence, and votes FOR our irreplaceable assets.

Jennifer Goodman, executive director, N.H. Preservation Alliance

The historic and scenic view from the Weeks Estate, Lancaster will be impacted by the project.

Opinion piece by National Trust president Stephanie Meeks here.

Weeks Estate