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 “greenways” and “blue ways” between and within the natural lands in and outside the region. Results from the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan, the Plan for New Hampshire’s Coastal Watersheds, and local master and open space plans were integrated into the description of the focus areas identified. UPDATE: Bear-Paw updated their Natural Resource Inventory maps in 2014.