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Campton Frozen Bog Walk Participants (Photo by Lea Stewart)Planning outreach in your community?  Take a page from Campton's book and consider hosting an outdoor field event exploring local habitats. In 2012, Conservation Commissioners in Campton, NH decided to focus some attention on a special natural feature in their town, Bog Pond, that was identified as important habitat on the Wildlife Action Plan Highest Ranked Habitats map.  They started by reviewing the Wildlife Action Plan maps for Campton to identify habitat types and highest ranked habitats. They then put together a mailing to about 28 landowners around Bog Pond, asking about landowner's interest in planning for the...

How will climate change affect moose? It’s a big question with no clear cut answers. There are three variables affected by climate change which in turn, will affect moose. These are increasing temperatures and two additional consequences of those increases; changes in forest species, and increasing parasites.

Moose are perfectly adapted to cold but do poorly in warm weather. A highly insulative coat, thick skin, and low surface to volume ratio make it difficult for moose to stay cool. At summer temperatures above 57oF and winter temperatures above 23oF moose start to heat stress.  When moose experience heat stress, their respiration and heart rates increase, they seek shade and cooling winds or cool water and they bed down and eventually cease foraging. Moose that don’t eat in summer don’t gain weight...

The next 25 years will be increasingly challenging for the Nongame Program, as NH citizens and their wildlife face increased development pressures, effects of climate change, invasive species and diseases. Already, major research projects are developing around the state, focused on securing a thriving future for New Hampshire’s wildlife and their habitats. These projects have begun to move toward multi-state, region-wide, in-depth conservation strategies involving determined teams of state wildlife biologists, university researchers, private conservation groups, town conservation commissions, students and educators, and excellent biologists from varied backgrounds. The Blanding’s turtle project is a perfect example of research that crosses political boundaries and allows...

Nanci and Charlie Mitchell - Gilmanton, NH

Nanci and Charlie Mitchell live on a large tract of land in Gilmanton which they manage largely to protect and improve wildlife habitat on the property. Recently, they went the extra step of conserving the majority of it with help from the Forest Society. Nancy and Charlie took risks and bold steps along the way, and in the process, have helped wildlife in the area immensely. Among the most notable of their recent activities was purchasing an adjacent 360-acre parcel abutting their land on Swett Mountain. Nancy and Charlie didn’t stop there, however. They’ve embarked on active habitat improvement work and have welcomed others to experience their land by hosting hikes and tours. They’ve kept track of how wildlife uses their property and seeded eroded roads and trails to protect water quality...

Larry Ely and Ginger Lawson - Shelburne, NH

Larry Ely and Ginger Lawson own First Mountain Forest, a 130-acre parcel recently protected with a conservation easement through the Mahoosuc Land Trust.  A recent walk held on the property (Oct. 22, 2010), co-sponsored by the landowners and the Coverts Project (Larry is a Coverts volunteer) was a great chance for visitors to see fall foliage in the White Mountains. The walk started with a picnic lunch and included a hike partway to the mountain's summit with great views of the...

In 2008 Deerfield acquired a 175-acre Town Forest and protected it with a conservation easement held by Bear Paw Regional Greenways. Protecting wildlife habitat was an important reason for the acquisition and the conservation easement, which includes in its purposes section, “The enhancement and enlargement of 1,200 acres of protected land that is near by the Property, said other land including the Corey Wildlife Management Area…; the preservation and conservation of open spaces, particularly the conservation of the productive forestland and wetland of which the Property consists and of the wildlife habitat thereon…; The preservation of biological diversity, native flora and fauna, and the environments, natural habitats, and ecological processes which support them." Information...

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:

  • Where does the best wetland and upland wildlife habitat occur in Effingham?
  • How many Wildlife Action Plan species of concern occur in Effingham and where do they occur?
  • Based on habitat and species observations, where should the Town focus its wildlife habitat conservation efforts?

Details about this study are on the Effingham Conservation Commission’s web page (scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the wildlife action...

Swanzey applied information from the Wildlife Action Plan and its maps to take the following actions toward protecting critical habitats in town:

  • Updated priority conservation areas identified in their existing Open Space Plan and documented their important wildlife habitat features.
  • Identified important water resources and combined this data with the wildlife habitats data to show important areas to protect and the connections between them.
  • Considered how information in the Wildlife Action Plan might influence town land use policies, such as zoning.
  • Held a series of 10-minute slide presentations on wildlife and water resources priorities at 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 surface water quality, wildlife and biodiversity, connections and buffers,  forestry and agricultural activity and rural character.  Wildlife Action Plan information has been incorporated as an integral part of this study.

A goal of the Springfield Natural Resources Inventory was to provide inventory, management recommendations and planning tools for the town. The Springfield NRI included information from the NH Wildlife Action Plan. After working with the Taking Action for Wildlife Team, Springfield started their conservation planning with a focus on wildlife habitat. The Natural Resources Inventory and Wildlife Action Plan maps served as the basis for this work.

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