U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte was in the Upper Valley Thursday for a roundtable discussion at Dartmouth College on her support of the now expired Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The fund helped protect public lands and waters – including parts of the Appalachian Trail that pass through Hanover – but expired just last month. The LWCF is currently seeking reauthorization from Congress and permanent funding, which Ayotte – a Republican – supports.
Ayotte is in the midst of her first re-election campaign as a one-term incumbent, where she’ll face off against Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan who announced her run for Senate earlier this month. Some suggest Ayotte’s stance on conservation issues – as well as her moderate views on climate change – could make her a more appealing candidate to the opposing party.
After the discussion, Ayotte joined a small group on a hike through trails on recently conserved land by the town’s lower water reservoir.