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Write the Wildlife Section

To structure the wildlife section of your NRI document, refer to the the Stories page for examples of community NRI documents. You can also refer to the Sample NRI Outline (Section 4 - Wildlife) to help frame your wildlife chapter.  

In your NRI document, describe each of the habitats using the wildlife habitat data and information you collected.

  • Describe each of the habitats that occur in your community and any locally important information about them (e.g. larger wetlands in town, last remaining floodplain habitat in town). Remember to include several important small scale habitat types that are not shown on the Wildlife Habitats Land Cover map, but are likely to occur in your town - such as shrublands, vernal pools and headwater streams. You can use information from the Habitat Stewardship Brochures to build your basic habitat descriptions

  • Document the number of acres/percentage of each habitat that occurs in your community. NH Fish and Game has already done the work for you! Download the Excel file containing data on the amount of each habitat type in each town, watershed and ecoregion. This includes acreage and percent of habitats in each town, amount conserved, and amount of highest quality habitat.

  • Note which habitats are noteworthy for size or connectivity. 

  • Document which critical wildlife species are known or likely to occur in each habitat.

  • Using the Habitat Stewardship Brochures identify general and specific stewardship guidelines that your town could implement for each habitat. Refer to Habitats of New Hampshire to incorporate specific climate-related vulnerabilities for each of the habitats.

  • Include information about Highest Ranked Habitats and where they occur in town. The amount of high quality habitat in your town is documented in the excel spreadsheet referenced above.

  • Include any information you have collected about rare, threatened and endangered species (refer to NH Natural Heritage Bureau website).

  • If you have identified any areas that are a conservation priority for wildlife, include a copy of the Wildlife Habitats Land Cover map identifying and naming these areas. 

  • Identify any existing or potential threats or other local issues affecting these habitats.