New Hampshire Outdoor Council

About The New Hampshire Outdoor Council

The New Hampshire Outdoor Council (NHOC) is registered with the New Hampshire Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation, and is fully qualified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under the provisions of section 501c(3). The NHOC was recognized and endorsed by the NH Legislature under chapter 178:2 (May, 1986). Provisions of the statute permit coordination with the Department of Fish and Game and with the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The NHOC is an all-volunteer organization, with consequently low overhead expenses. The NHOC provides funding support to agencies and organizations (especially volunteer organizations) which are involved in backcountry safety education and in search and rescue activities in the Granite State. Donations to the NHOC are welcomed, and are especially appreciated from those who have benefited from the efforts of volunteer search and rescue groups. The funds are distributed through specific grants to search and rescue groups throughout the state.

The Directors of the NHOC represent a cross section of wilderness outdoor interests in New Hampshire, and are people who are conversant with the many complex issues involved in backcountry user education and in related search and rescue. NHOC bylaws provide for a Board of Trustees that is formed of representatives of agencies and organizations involved in dispersed outdoor recreation management, natural resource stewardship, and public safety.

NHOC Board of Directors

Lisa Densmore Ballard
has spent most of her adult life in the White Mountains. Lisa is a freelance writer, photographer and television/film producer. She garnered three Emmys for her work as host and field producer of Wildlife Journal and Windows to the Wild (PBS) which encouraged safe participation in various outdoor activities with an emphasis on conservation. She has also covered hiking, camping, paddling and numerous other backcountry sports for VERSUS, Outside TV and other networks. Lisa contributes regularly to numerous regional and national magazines, such as AMC Outdoors, Appalachia, New Hampshire Wildlife Journal, Around Concord, Here in Hanover and Image magazines. She is the author of seven books including Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire and Vermont; Hiking the White Mountains and Predicting Weather. She is also a popular workshop leader and guest speaker, entertaining audiences about her outdoor adventures in New Hampshire and in other mountain ranges around the world. In addition to the NHOC, Lisa currently serves as President of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, on the Advisory Board for the 2nd Dartmouth College Grant, on the selection committee for the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame and as chair of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's national masters committee.

Allan R. Clark
is the Fire Chief of Sugar Hill, NH and the founder of the Pemigewasset Valley Search & Rescue Team the largest volunteer S & R group in the State. Chief Clark serves on the NH Board of Fire Control and is the chair of a committee formed by Commissioner Barthelmes, Department of Safety, to coordinate the creation of a NH Fire Academy Training Facility in the North Country. Chief Clark is the founder and President of the North Country Public Safety Officer's Foundation which was formed to assist families and public safety officers in the North Country during their times of need. The Foundation is responsible for distributing over $1,000,000 in the 9 years that it has been in existence. Allan serves on the Franconia Life Squad as an EMT and is a member of the Cannon Mountain Professional Ski Patrol. Allan has been involved with helping others in their time of need for over 40 years. He lives with his wife Gail in Sugar Hill looking at the Franconia Ridge.

Peter Crane
is the Curator of the Mount Washington Observatory's Gladys Brooks Memorial Library. He previously served as Director of Programs for the Observatory. He has lived in the White Mountains for more than thirty years, and served the U.S. Forest Service and the Appalachian Mountain Club in resource management, public information, and educational roles before coming to work for the Observatory. An avid year-round hiker, he is also a volunteer trail maintainer for the Appalachian Mountain Club, a Wilderness First Responder and member of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR), and a Leave No Trace trainer.

Eric Feldbaum
is the Community Recreation Specialist for the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. For the past fourteen years he has worked in the outdoor retail world for Eastern Mountains Sports and REI where he helped manage stores from New Hampshire all the way down to Maryland. While living in New Jersey in 2004-2007 he was part of the NJSAR Rope Team which provided both high and low angle rope rescues within the Greater NY/NJ area. Feldbaum is an avid outdoors person and can be found on the water, in the woods, or on the slopes.

Mary Goodyear
is a wildlife educator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. She serves as the State's Project WILD coordinator, and is involved in the Fish and Wildlife Stewards Program. She is also active in the National Association for Interpretation. Her background includes educational activities as a Program Specialist for the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

Scott M. Gordon
has been an avid year round hiker in the White Mountains since the 1990s. Over that time, he has hiked the New England Hundred Highest, the White Mountain Four Thousand Footers in winter, run the Mt. Washington Road Race, and thru hiked the Appalachian Trail. While on the AT, Scott collected 225 water samples which were analyzed for six water quality standards. Additionally, he has had his nature writing published in AMC Outdoors among other periodicals. Since 2010, he has been the trail adopter for the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and is trained as a wilderness first responder (WFR). Scott is a former college tennis player, team MVP, and student athlete of the year. A science educator of twenty years in a variety of roles, Scott has served as the Science Department Chair at Lynnfield High School in Massachusetts for over a decade. While in education, he has brought in close to $900,000 in grant money and was honored with the 2011 Mass Recycle Silver Award for his impact to recycling and waste reduction in Massachusetts schools. Scott and his daughter live in Dover, NH and vacation on the cold side of Mount Adams in Randolph.

Diane Holmes
is a lifelong resident of northern New Hampshire. She has spent her working and recreating life in the White Mountains and Androscoggin Valley watershed enjoying hiking, skiing, show shoeing, kayaking, camping, and wildlife watching.

She enjoyed a career with New Hampshire State Parks and Recreation for over 28 years, holding management positons within the division that included Community Recreation Specialist and in New Hampshire's unique and treasured gems of Mt. Washington and North Region State Parks, along with many snow filled seasons as a professional ski patroller at Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch State Park.

She is a volunteer and founding member of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, and a Nationally Registered Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for the Town of Gorham, Emergency Medical Services.

Bill Kane
is the Founder and Director of The Kane Schools of Rescue Medicine, has taught wilderness medicine and rescue since the mid-1970s. Beginning in 1976 Bill managed and eventually became a partner at IME, in North Conway, a climbing shop, climbing school, and guide service. He is the last founding member of the NHOC still serving as a Trustee and Board member. He is also a founding member and former president of the Climbing Sports Group and a former director of Outdoor Industries Association. He became a member of Mountain Rescue Service in 1976, and was a team leader and director of that organization for 17 years. Bill is an Advanced EMT (has been an EMS provider since 1976) and is a licensed EMS Instructor/Coordinator in both NH and ME. He has been a member of Fryeburg (ME) Rescue since 1978 (former Chief, current BOD), a member of the Western Maine Disaster Planning Team, and a member of the New Hampshire EMS Advisory Cabinet. In 2012 he was given the NH EMS Educator of the Year Award by the Northern NH EMS Council. Bill had the opportunity to climb and guide around the world, competed in hundreds of endurance events for decades, and still competes in the occasional obstacle course race.

Lieutenant James Kneeland
is a Conservation Officer Supervisor for the Law Enforcement Division of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. He has been with the NH Fish and Game Department for 23 years during which time he has been involved in as well as directed search and rescue responses and management throughout the state. As the District Three Chief, Lt. Kneeland supervises an area, which includes all of Grafton and much of Sullivan County to include the Kinsman, Franconia and Twin Ranges of the White Mountains and the western portion of the Lakes Region. Lt. Kneeland also currently serves as the State Search and Rescue Coordinator, hikeSafe Program Coordinator, Assistant Dive Master for the NH Fish and Game Department's Dive Team and is the NH Fish and Game Department's Specialized Search and Rescue Team Leader.

Marianne Leberman
is the Recreation and Wilderness Program Leader for the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), U.S. Forest Service. The WMNF is the largest area of publicly owned land in New England, a place where people come to connect with their natural and cultural heritage, and she is honored to be charged with the recreation management on this special piece of ground. Prior to this position she spent 12 years as a snow ranger at the Mount Washington Avalanche Center and managing developed recreation and special uses on the Androscoggin Ranger District. Marianne manages the hikeSafe program in conjunction with her NHF&G counterpart. Outside of work you can find her at her kids' activities, in her gardens or exploring the woods looking for that next hiking adventure.

Jeff Leich
is Executive Director of New England Ski Museum in Franconia Notch, NH. A White Mountain hiker and skier since the early 1960s, his career has included stints as an AMC hutman, park ranger on Mount Washington, and ski patrol director at Wildcat. He was a member of the Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, is a member of North American Snowsports Journalists Association, and author of two books, Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine and Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing.

Chris Thayer
is the Director of Programs and Outreach for the Appalachian Mountain Club, overseeing teen, family, and adult outdoor programs in the region and serving as a senior staff member involved in community relations and government affairs. In his nearly 30 years with the AMC, he's served in a variety of capacities related to backcountry resource management, search and rescue coordination, public information dissemination, and educational programming. A year-round hiker and skier certified in Wilderness First Aid and as a Leave No Trace Master Educator, Chris volunteers for the AMC's search and rescue team as well as several local boards in his town and region.

John E. (Jed) Williamson
is former President of Sterling College in Vermont, a practitioner and consultant in education and outdoor pursuits, including over 60 safety and quality reviews and accident investigations. Jed co-authored the Association for Experiential Education's Accreditation Standards for Adventure Programs. From 1987 through 1992, he was Executive Director of the United States Biathlon Association. He was faculty member at the University of New Hampshire from 1973 to 1982. Jed's experience ranged from Instructor, program director, and school director for several U.S. Outward Bound schools. He was a climbing guide for Exum School of American Mountaineering.

He served on the board of the American Alpine Club from 1974 to 1998 (President from 1992-94 and Secretary from 1994-98). He was elected to Honorary Membership in 2007. Jed served as editor of the American Alpine Club's annual report Accidents in North American Mountaineering from 1974-2014. Currently he serves on the boards of Central Asia Institute (MN), Upper Valley Educators Institute (NH), and Heartbeet Lifesharing (VT).

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