This fall I’ve been slowing down a lot to allow squirrels and deer to cross the road. On rainy nights next spring I’ll stop to help frogs and salamanders cross and then come June I’ll help turtles. Animals move. For a variety of reasons. Depending on the species and time of year they may be looking for food, a mate, a place for their young, etc. The path they move along may not always be easy.
Regulations to Protect Wildlife
It is now time to get to work implementing the many actions in the 2015 NH Wildlife Action Plan. One of these actions was to use the updated wildlife species data to revise the list of endangered and threatened species in New Hampshire. This was accomplished over several months in the fall of 2016.
In the Purpose and Authority statements in Belmont’s Zoning Ordinance (March, 2008), the town adopted language to guide the creation of ordinances and regulations to protect wildlife.
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 :