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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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DATE: April 14, 2017
CONTACT: Jana Ford, (603) 271-8332

NHDES Launches User-submitted Photo Gallery and NH Map

this is nh logoConcord, NH – Just in time for Earth Day, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has launched This Is New Hampshire, a crowdsourcing website that will highlight the need for a healthy environment from the perspective of everyday New Hampshire residents and visitors. NHDES is asking the public to go out and take photos that show how they enjoy New Hampshire's unique environment, why they care about it and what they're doing to keep it clean – then add those photos to the This Is New Hampshire map online.

This Is New Hampshire is not just a user-submitted photo gallery; it's an interactive map that will tell us where you enjoy the environment. The website uses a Geographic Information System (GIS) application. When users submit their photos, they will include where the photo was taken, and the photo will then be linked to the map. Visitors to the site will be able to zoom in and check out the location and the images simultaneously.

Photos can be uploaded quickly from a desktop computer, mobile device or tablet. Simply go to the website,, and click on "Submit a Photo." Select a photo, provide a title, location, description and photo credit, hit submit, and after a quick review by NHDES, you're on the map. With the location, the user can be as specific as they want – longitude and latitude, physical address or even zoom in and scour the banks of the Merrimack River to find the exact sandy outcropping where you parked your kayaks when you took the photo. If the photo has been geotagged, the location information will automatically be included.

The types of photos NHDES hopes to see from the public run the gamut. There's not much in our lives that is not touched by the environment, and strengthened when that environment is protected. Love the mountains, trails, lakes and rivers? Snap a photo when you're hiking, camping, swimming or just relaxing. Take part in roadside litter pickup or beach cleanups every year? Share a photo of volunteers in action. Once you've submitted a photo, be sure to click on the social media icons to share, using #ThisIsNH.

Help us put New Hampshire's environment on the map!

For more information regarding the This Is New Hampshire website, please contact Jana Ford at or (603) 271-8332.

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