Many potentially useful observations of wildlife are made by landowners, recreationists, birders, hunters and fishermen, foresters, and general wildlife enthusiasts. Through NH Wildlife Sightings, professionals and other citizens can report their wildlife observations.
Invasive plants pose a serious threat to our native habitats and wildlife. One of the best things you can do to help stop the spread of invasive plants is to learn how to tell them apart from other plants.
Have you seen a new invasive plant in New Hampshire? Are you planning a stewardship or invasive plant control project in New Hampshire? You can use a program called EDDMapS (Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System) on your computer, smartphone or tablet to map invasive plants and record your control efforts. EDDMapS also has information about invasive plant species, distribution, and identification tips.
Many people are not aware of invasive species or the potential problems they create. Helping to educate others about invasives increases the number of people aware of and working to control them. There are many ways to reach your neighbors, community members, or landowners that you work with. For example,
Many culverts in New Hampshire are undersized and inadequate for fish and other wildlife to pass through. As a community, conservation group, or professional, you can educate residents and members about the importance of wildlife-friendly culverts and steam crossings. A properly sized and designed culvert can accommodate fish and wildlife passage and reduce flood hazards and even help restore floodplains.
Here are some ways you can start to get to know New Hampshire's Wildlife Action Plan - the species in need of attention, important habitats, and actions you can take to benefit wildlife in our state:
One of the best ways to promote protection of natural areas in your community is to get everyone outside enjoying conserved land. Community engagement on conservation land provides an important link between conservation groups and the communities they serve.
Invasive insects and diseases can have devastating impacts on the managed and natural environments into which they are introduced. These introduced pests can have serious negative impacts on agricultre and forestry. Some invasive pests of concern in New Hampshire right now include emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and asian longhorned beetle (not yet in NH, but nearby).
Monitoring habitats before, during, and after management is critical for a few reasons:
By identifying and describing natural resources in a local setting, a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) provides communities with a strong foundation for proactive planning and informed decision-making about their natural resources. The Wildlife section of a NRI gives an opportunity to focus on locally important wildlife habitats and associated species.