Betsy Hardwick is Chair of the Francestown Conservation Commission and a member of the Select Board. For the past eleven years, in addition to managing her family’s 30 acre property, she has worked to increase conservation land in her town and involve town residents in those lands through education, events and frequent communication. Much of this work has included enhancing and protecting valuable wildlife habitats.
New Durham incorporated a Conservation Overlay District into its Zoning ordinance. It identifies lands having exceptional significance for protection of natural resources and water quality based on the recommended Conservation Focus Areas identified in the Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire’s Coastal Watershed (2006). The stated purpose of New Durham’s 2008 Conservation Focus Area District is:
NH Audubon conducted an evaluation of the current level of protection for wildlife habitat and natural resources provided by the Town of Deerfield’s land use regulations, and identified additional opportunities for regulatory protection. The review included :
Planning outreach in your community? Take a page from Campton's book and consider hosting an outdoor field event exploring local habitats.
In 2007, Effingham successfully applied for a Moose Plate grant to assess wildlife habitat by field checking information in the NH Wildlife Action Plan and to refining this information at the local level:
Swanzey applied information from the Wildlife Action Plan and its maps to take the following actions toward protecting critical habitats in town:
The Washington Conservation Plan was based on the Washington Natural Resources Inventory and other existing studies, focusing attention on specific resources in specific areas of town and making recommendations for conservation. In the Conservation Plan, the town identified Conservation Priority Areas based on surfa