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Recognizing the need for a comprehensive summary of the town's natural resources that would assist the New Durham Conservation Commission in public education and outreach and help build support for future conservation initiatives, New Durham undertook and completed their Natural Resources Inventory in 2011. The New Durham NRI includes a comprehensive wildlife section using information from the NH Wildlife Action Plan. View the New Durham NRI and the associated maps on the town's website.

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The Town of Easton, in northern Grafton County, has a way with coming up with catchy names. Their “Pastry and Preservation” conservation events have drawn local residents to enjoy good food and learn about the town’s natural resources. So no big surprise that they came up with “Got Wildlife?”, a creative activity to engage residents in recording wildlife sightings in town. They hung a map of town right outside the town clerk’s office (with permission, of course!) where there are often residents standing in line. A pen hung from a string, and a notepad and some small round stickers were posted alongside. Residents were encouraged to place a sticker on the map where they had spotted a wildlife species in town, give the sticker a number and then write down what species were seen on the notepad (using the corresponding number). Since then, this has...

In the early hours of a Saturday morning in spring, a group of Fremont citizens armed with binoculars and field guides were alert and quiet, listening intently to the chorus of birds and scribbling on their notepads.  “Hermit thrush.  Scarlet Tanager. Chickadee. Wait! Was that a pileated woodpecker?”. A short distance away another group huddled over a small flower, riffling through a field guide to identify it.  A third group was on the hunt for reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects. This was the start of Fremont’s “Bio-Blitz”, a fun and informative half-day event involving three teams of interested residents exploring a town-owned property, recording all the plant and animal species they could identify in the space of a few hours....

Launched in 2003, the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership (Q2C) is a collaborative, landscape-scale effort to conserve the Monadnock Highlands of north-central Massachusetts and western New Hampshire. Habitat conservation in the Q2C region is a high priority for both the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plans (WAPs), and the region’s interconnected forests could also prove an important north-south corridor for wildlife adapting their ranges to a changing climate. Its managed timberlands are an important source of forest products and renewable energy, and are a highly-efficient carbon sink. The Q2C Conservation Plan was published in 2008. Encompassing approximately two million acres,...

The Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire's Coastal Watersheds, published in 2006, was one of the first studies to draw on information and data from the 2005 NH Wildlife Action Plan. The Coastal Conservation Plan prioritizes coastal watershed areas and offers regional strategies for maintaining diverse wildlife habitat, abundant wetlands, clean water, productive forests, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Four principle resource analyses and maps were developed that captured key natural resource features. The resource maps reflect the best remaining opportunities to...

Developed in 2008, the Bear-Paw Regional Greenways Conservation Plan identifies and describes those areas that include the region’s most important ecological, biological, and water resources. Using the results of a natural resource inventory completed for Bear-Paw in 2003 along with information from the 2005 NH Wildlife Action Plan, Bear-Paw identified where to focus its conservation efforts. With this information Bear-Paw determined that the most effective way to conserve the region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests and farmland is through the protection of its large unfragmented forests, riparian areas, and important agricultural soils and farms since they present the best opportunity to conserve the most important natural areas in the region. These areas provide “...

The Bradford Conservation Commission used Taking Action for Wildlife assistance as a springboard to work on a Natural Resources Inventory completed in 2012, with a set of town maps created for the inventory. In addition to help from the Taking Action for Wildlife staff, the Commission hired  a private company to produce the maps for the Inventory. The Conservation Commission identified five primary areas to focus conservation efforts, based on occurrences of valued wildlife habitat and local knowledge. In deciding on their conservation priorities, they considered the town’s varied habitats – lake, river, wetland, grassland and large unfragmented forest areas, as well...

Recognizing the value of wildlife habitats in town, the Moultonborough Conservation Commission wrote a Wildlife Chapter as a 2013 addendum to their 2007 Natural Resources Inventory. The chapter included a focus on identifying eight priority wildlife habitat areas in town. Impressively, the conservation commission took on and completed this work themselves! One of their ultimate goals is to work on a conservation plan with strategies and proposed actions for protecting the habitats in Moultonborough, especially those in the priority areas.

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Since 2007, the Effingham Conservation Commission has completed several studies of wildlife and wildlife habitats in town, using the 2005 Wildlife Action Plan as a key reference. View some of the other wildlife studies Effingham has completed, including a two-year grant-funded study identify the best wildlife habitats in town by ground-truthing the 2005 Wildlife Action Plan maps. Most recently, they continued to build on their efforts with an updated Natural Resources Chapter (2013) in their Master Plan...

You never know when the right person is sitting in a room at the right time. That’s what happened when the Lempster Conservation Commission met with the Taking Action for Wildlife Team to discuss starting a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI). Joining the group at that first meeting was a graduate student from Antioch University in Keene, NH, eager to learn more about the conservation commission’s work. The group’s discussion about an NRI piqued his interest, and he later approached Lempster to propose conducting their NRI as part of his Master’s project – it was a perfect match! “This meeting discussion truly turned out to be a "win-win" for all concerned”, remarked Lempster Conservation Commission Chair, Jim Beard. The results were impressive, including a...

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