For the past seven years I have worked closely with Steve on Every Acre Counts: The Newfound Watershed Master Plan, an ~$750,000 project designed to permanently protect the clean water and high quality habitat of the 100-square mile, nine-town Newfound Lake watershed (see more). Steve’s leadership in crafting the project’s vision, consulting on land-use planning and making multiple contributions to our many studies and reports has been invaluable. His knowledge of current regulatory requirements, combined with his passion for and commitment to cutting-edge concepts such as Permaculture and Low-Impact Development, bring a powerful skill set to the challenges of sustainable development. Steve’s ability to hear and address local concerns and issues and to facilitate complex discussions with large public groups and Town boards has earned him the trust and respect of everyone he meets. He is organized, clear on his commitments, prompt with his deliverables, and responsive to changing project requirements. On top of all this, he has a calm and thoughtful demeanor and an easy-going way that comes in handy when his clients are grappling with controversial topics.
After earning a Permaculture Design Certification from Steve Whitman and Josh Trought at D'Acres in 2012, I invited Steve to New Durham to talk to us about integrating permaculture concepts into our municipality. His presentation was clearly presented, dynamic, and sparked interest among many members of our town government. His presentation changed the paradigm in our town that has allowed me as a Planning Board member to carry that vision forward.
As a newcomer to the field, I was very concerned about getting my project right and was looking for some one to help me with a plans for a community-based demonstration site. Steve was a great listener, passionate teacher and supportive planning partner. He left me with the tools and confidence to take action and lay the foundation for a sustainable venture in my village.