Feature: PREP Welcomes 5 New Faces to Management Committee

PREP is pleased to welcome the five new members joining our Management Committee as of December 2014. As PREP goes into 2015 the Management Committee will be an integral part of establishing a collaborative monitoring network for Great Bay, they will help to roll-out the PREPA report, they will lead PREP through our EPA Program evaluation, guide the implementation of our CCMP through projects with towns and partners and continue to build upon the strength and leadership PREP has shown over the last 20 years.
We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce them by sharing their interest in providing leadership and support to PREP.


Forrest Bell Forrest is the founder and owner ofFB Environmental, a small consulting firm that specializes in directing environmental planning, assessment, monitoring, mapping, modeling, and restoration projects in the watersheds of New England’s lakes, streams, rivers and estuaries. Forrest is a regional leader in managing watershed restoration and assessment projects. He has directed more than 150 successful environmental planning, assessment, monitoring and restoration projects since 1991 for clients including federal and state natural resource agencies, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. Forrest founded FB Environmental in 2001 while assisting the Maine DEP with lake water quality assessments and impaired lake TMDL reporting, and has since developed a consulting team that includes eleven highly qualified environmental scientists and planners. Forrest is a skilled presenter and facilitator, embracing the challenge of presenting the complexities of land and water resources to New England’s communities. Forrest received his BS in Geography from the University of Southern Maine and completed his Master’s coursework at the University of New Hampshire in the Natural Resources Management program.

“I have always been an admirer of the National Estuary Programs. The overall mission and professionalism of the organizations are aligned with my personal and professional interests which centers around bringing sound science to inform environmental policy. I’d like to get involved to help bring some shared knowledge and ideas to the communities of the Piscataqua River watershed including some of the  areas away from the immediate coast and Great Bay.” 

Dave David Cedarholm Dave has over 25 years of experience in water resources, wastewater, stormwater, and asset management, and over 30 years of experience in the construction industry.  He earned a BS in Geology from SUNY, and a MS in Water Resource Engineering from UNH.  Dave worked as a consulting engineer with the firms Golder, Underwood Engineers, and Sanborn Head from 1993 to 2005, and after 9 years as the Town Engineer in Durham NH decided to return to private consulting by joining the firm Tighe & Bond in August 2014 to focus on serving municipal clients in New Hampshire. Dave was the chair of the NH State Stormwater Study Commission under HB1295, and is currently serving as Chair of the Select Board in Lee, NH where he lives with his family.

“I see this an enormous opportunity to collaborate with a highly regarded and diverse team of estuary scientists and watershed professionals toward the common goal of reversing the declining conditions in the Great Bay Watershed.”
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJay Diener Jay helped to form the Seabrook-Hamptons Estuary Alliance in 2013. He served as the president of the Great Bay Stewards for two years and has been on the Hampton Conservation Commission since 2004, serving as its chair since 2009. Jay and his wife own and operate Specialized Care Co., which produces and markets products for dentists who treat people with special needs. Jay is an expert racewalker, avid runner, loves to bike, kayak and cross-country ski.
I have been, through the Great Bay Stewards, an advocate of improving and protecting the health of Great Bay, and have appreciated the great work PREP has done in that regard. With the formation of the Seabrook-Hamptons Estuary Alliance, I also want to help ensure that there is adequate and appropriate focus on New Hampshire’s southern estuary as well.
Rick Ellsmore Rick was appointed New Hampshire State Conservationist in June of 2010.  He has worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since May of 1985 and held positions in nine different locations in Maine, Ohio, Washington DC, and New Hampshire.

 Rick has always supported a working lands, voluntary approach to planning and implementing conservation practices with landowners and conservation agencies.  He has played a leadership role with protecting over 18,000 acres of land in New Hampshire through NRCS conservation easement programs.  He also oversees NRCS working lands programs which have contributed significantly to protecting our state’s soil resource base, improving water quality, promoting sustainable agriculture and forestry operations, improving wildlife habitat on state and private lands, and supporting our local, state, and federal partnerships.

Rick grew up in Eastern Maine and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Maine at Orono.  Rick resides in Portsmouth and has two daughters who currently attend college at the University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University.

It’s exciting to join a group of conservation partners who are all dedicated to the same goal, ‘restoring the Great Bay Watershed’

ROgerRoger Stephenson Roger is the Principal and Senior Counsel at Stephenson Strategic Communications. Roger provides public relations expertise and counsel to business, government and non-profit executives.  He is an Accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and signatory to the PRSA codes of ethical practice.

Prior to beginning his public relations career with Patrick Jackson and Jackson Jackson and Wagner, Roger held a senior level position in the Office of the Secretary, US Department of the Interior in Washington, DC where he managed a wide variety of highly sensitive program and policy issues and met objectives through legislative and stakeholder relations.  He later served in the Council on Environmental Quality, helping to manage overall program and policy development for the President’s American Heritage Rivers Initiative. For 25 years Roger has contributed coalition building skills and public relations counsel to interest groups and policy makers at the local, congressional and statewide levels. He has been engaged in each New Hampshire Presidential Primary since 1988.

He is an enthusiastic birder, a frequent paddler, and emerging gardener.  His primary volunteer responsibilities include the Southeast Land Trust of NH and the Stratham Community Church.

“Great Bay  will be much different 25 years from now because of the choices we make today, and the local choices have the most impact; this is why I’m glad to be a part of the PREP management committee.” 

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.