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Landowners in Coos County share exciting results from recent wildlife habitat management work on their property:

woodcock "Exciting news from our property! On April 29th I was [releasing yet another apple tree] at the edge of the opening we created two years ago when I was lucky enough to spot a Woodcock which appeared to be sitting on a nest. I was so happy I spotted her as I could have very easily stepped on her she was so well camouflaged. 

Needless to say I abandoned the plan to release the apple tree or work anywhere in that area for that matter. I quickly went back to get my camera and was able to get a few really great photos.

My neighbor has a larger open brushy field where perhaps the aerial display and mating takes place, then perhaps the Woodcock found my nearby edge a good safe nesting spot....

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:

  • Maintain diverse wildlife habitat, abundant wetlands, high water quality, productive forests, and outstanding recreational opportunities;
  • Conserve the best remaining lands of exceptional significance containing the critical ecological, biological, and water resources of the Town’s Watershed; and
  • Guide the location, density, and design of development within the Conservation Focus Areas to minimize harmful impacts while...

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 :

  • Master Plan (2009);
  • Zoning Ordinance (2008);
  • Site Plan Review Regulations (1990);
  • Subdivision Regulatio
  • ns (1990);
  • Hazard Mitigation Plan (2007);
  • Open Space Plan (2007 draft);
  • Source Water Protection Plan (2008); and
  • CTAP Community Planning Road Map (2009).

Take a look at the Review of Land Use Planning Documents for Deerfield, New Hampshire With Respect to Wildlife Habitat and Natural Resource...

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...

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