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December, 2015

Southeast Land Trust & ARA

Have you heard of SELT (Southeast Land Trust)? SELT ( is a NH based organization dedicated to conserving and protecting land and precious resources.  Since 1980, SELT has conserved over 13,000 acres of land in 52 towns and cities of Rockingham and Strafford counties.  Absolute Resource Associates has been following SELT’s activities for the past few years and are thrilled that they are so committed to preserving the beauty and viability of our local environmental resources. When they called us recently about their work at the Burley property in Epping, we were happy to support their project by donating our time and services. The historic Burley farmhouse is in need of some TLC, and in order to move forward with any plans for renovation and preservation, it was necessary to evaluate the building for lead, mold and asbestos. ARA donated Indoor Air Quality services to this project because ARA and SELT share many of the same objectives, as well as a common passion for preserving and promoting a clean, healthy environment. If you share SELT’s vision for conserved lands in every community, sustaining people and nature, then be sure to get involved or donate! SELT is a nonprofit, member driven organization and could not survive without the generous support of the communities they serve. FMI visit



Happy Anniversary to ARA!

On November 17, 2015, the staff at ARA celebrated the company's 15th Anniversary. Since 2000, ARA has grown from a small 6 person lab into a 27 person $2.5M full service environmental firm. Cheers to 15 years!


Growth & Good Things

You may have heard, ARA was awarded four new contracts from the US Government recently; two from the Army Corps of Engineers New England District, one from US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), and one from the US Navy at PWD Maine. The work will be distributed pretty evenly between our three company divisions- Indoor Air Quality, Laboratory and Federal Project Management, as well as outsourcing and subcontracting as needed. “These latest contracts mean continued growth for us,” said CEO Guy Sylvester. “That means new hires and expanding our business partnerships, all of which is good for the regional economy.” Which leads us to our next story.....


New Friendly Faces!

You may have noticed some new names and faces at our Portsmouth office this year. ARA is happy to welcome Chuck, Alex, Sonja and Laureen to the team!


It's been a busy year at ARA and we are thrilled to have such a talented and enthusiastic group to help manage the workload. Chuck is our newest Lab Analyst; Alex will be helping out in the lab as well as joining the crew in the field as needed; Sonja was brought in to help us with a large file management project, and she often jumps in help in login and the lab; and many of you already know Laureen, one of our awesome couriers who gets your samples where they need to go, safely and on time! Welcome to the team everyone! Full steam ahead!


Holiday Reminder

The holiday season is upon us! In the interest of slowing down and spending quality time with loved ones, ARA will have reduced hours at the end of this month. As you plan your projects, please spread the word that ARA will be CLOSED on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 & 1/1/2016. Also, our courier services will stop at noon on 12/23 & 12/30. Please plan your samples accordingly. Thanks for understanding! We hope you enjoy a healthy, happy holiday season and a prosperous 2016!


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