Hadley Barndollar

Hadley Barndollar

Hadley Barndollar covers climate, energy, environment, and the opioid crisis for the New Hampshire Bulletin. Previously, she was the New England regional reporter for the USA TODAY Network and was named Reporter of the Year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Email: [email protected]

At NH’s first recovery church, a bridge between addiction and faith

By: - September 6, 2023

When Pastor Junior Saint Val took to the microphone at the Wednesday evening service, he said the bright lights on stage made him feel like he was getting arrested again. Laughs and nods came from the 200 or so attendees seated at long communal tables, interspersed with fresh cut flowers in glass jars and paper […]

Dartmouth Hitchcock gets nearly $1.5 million for opioid response in rural communities 

By: - August 31, 2023

Rural communities in New Hampshire are slated to benefit from nearly $1.5 million addressing behavioral health needs of young people and neonatal exposure to drugs, by way of federal funding earmarked for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health […]

Cannabis growing

NH Cannabis Association surveying farmers on future growing opportunities 

By: - August 30, 2023

As a legislative commission probes the potential for a state-run cannabis sales model, an industry organization is surveying farmers and agricultural professionals to gauge interest in future cultivation opportunities.  New Hampshire has not yet legalized marijuana, but this past legislative session saw more movement than years past. For the first time, Gov. Chris Sununu said […]

Black gum tree

The ‘addictive’ quest to find New Hampshire’s biggest trees

By: - August 30, 2023

In this competition, those sparring for the title are judged by their circumference. Some are scaly, furrowed, warty. Others are smooth and papery.  One of John Wallace’s favorite prizewinners resides deep in Epping conservation land: the state champion black tupelo, or black gum. With a circumference of 137 inches and a height of 83 feet, […]

Fish and Game website

NH Fish and Game debuts new user-friendly website

By: - August 29, 2023

The state’s Fish and Game Department has debuted a new user-friendly website, because “for many folks, the journey outdoors starts online.” The new website launched Tuesday, expected to “significantly improve user experience, accessibility for all visitors, and ease of use on all mobile devices and desktop environments,” the department said. Fish and Game uses its […]

Brown algae bloom

Big, brown, and baffling researchers: Unusual algae bloom in the Gulf of Maine

By: - August 28, 2023

What is coffee-colored, more than 100 miles wide, and not something you’d likely want to swim in? An unusually large bloom of brown algae in the Gulf of Maine has caught the attention of scientists from across New England. So much so, an informal monitoring effort of more than two dozen partners has since formed […]

Overdose prevention kits

Bystanders as first responders: NH purchases 6,000 overdose prevention kits

By: - August 24, 2023

The Executive Council this week approved the purchase of 6,000 overdose prevention kits, while also renewing a state contract with the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition. In April, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would deploy 700 “NaloxBoxes” across all 10 counties, thought to be the first large-scale effort of its kind […]

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics will leave New Hampshire, close Merrimack facility

By: - August 23, 2023

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the French multinational corporation at the center of New Hampshire’s PFAS controversy, has announced it will close its facility in Merrimack. The abrupt announcement comes less than a week after the state’s Department of Environmental Services approved Saint-Gobain for a new five-year operating permit, a decision that followed major pushback from area […]

Bellamy River

NH gets piece of first-ever federal fish culvert grants

By: - August 22, 2023

Part of a $196 million federal package to improve fish passage in waterways by fixing or removing culvert barriers is heading to a project in New Hampshire. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s new culvert grant program will send $421,600 to the city of Dover for the Bellamy River Fish Passage Restoration Project to advance design and […]

Maidstone Bends

North Country preserve expands by 870 acres, protecting drinking water and floodplains

By: - August 21, 2023

The Nature Conservancy has added another 870 acres to its Maidstone Bends Preserve on the Upper Connecticut River, and more than half of the land is located in a drinking water protection area.  A mix of farmland, woods, wetlands, and expansive floodplains, the recent purchase expands the preserve in Northumberland and Groveton to 1,250 total […]

African Burying Ground Portsmouth

Now state law, a formal process when African American burial grounds are discovered 

By: - August 18, 2023

If and when future African American burial grounds are uncovered in New Hampshire, state law now explicitly outlines how their discovery should be handled.  Senate Bill 11, signed into law this month by Gov. Chris Sununu, requires that descendants or the descendant community be consulted prior to the excavation or exploration of African American burial […]

Shelburne Valley Forest

What is compensatory mitigation? Evening the scales of environmental impact in NH

By: - August 14, 2023

Where Route 16 winds north along the Androscoggin River, passing through the towns of Dummer and Errol, forests of northern spruce and fir trees surround the remote, rural roadway. There are large swaths of palustrine wetlands, like bogs, swamps, and marshes, that are heavily vegetated with winterberry, nannyberry, goldthread, and bunchberry. One of two major […]