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.
Conservation and education organizations throughout New Hampshire offer a variety of workshops and trainings focused on wildlife habitats, forest management, and good stewardship. Attending one of these workshops can provide a great learning experience and often involves a chance to go in the field to observe the natural resources or management being discussed, interaction with professionals, and learning from the experiences of others. Workshops can range from short indoor presentations to day-long outdoor field trips.
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 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:
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.
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,
Wildlife travel corridors are critical for the conservation of wildlife in New Hampshire. The loss of wildlife corridors may result in direct mortality, habitat fragmentation, and barriers to movement.
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.
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.