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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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In 2005 the Town of Washington Planning Board in consultation and cooperation with the Town of Washington Conservation Commission identified the need for a Natural and Cultural Resource Inventory and a Conservation Plan for Washington. Concerns about growth and the informed use of natural and cultural resources, both from the boards and from the public in general underscored the need for such a document.  Wildlife Action Plan information was incorporated into both the NRI and the Conservation Plan, and is being used by Washington in their ongoing land conservation and conservation planning work. The conservation plan states that: “The entire Town was mapped as being significant on a state-...

The Jaffrey Natural Resources Inventory aims to categorize, catalogue and map the rich natural resources of Jaffrey, NH as a basis for natural resource management and conservation planning. The study was commissioned in 2008 by the Jaffrey Conservation Commission and funded in part by an NH Moose Plate Grant.  The 2005 Wildlife Action Plan information was incorporated into the inventory.  The purpose of the NRI was to develop a strong basis for land conservation planning.

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The Town of Grantham's Grantham's Critical Conservation Lands Index was a fundamental step toward protecting their natural resources. It serves as an inventory of the natural resources in Grantham and provides the basis for their land conservation planning. NH Wildlife Action Plan data and other wildlife information was included in the Critical Conservation Lands Index.

Hebron's Natural Resources Inventory was completed in 2011. The Hebron Conservation Commission plans to use their NRI as the basis for their future land conservation planning. the 2010 Wildlife Action Plan Maps and Wildlife Action Plan information were incorporated into the NRI. Hebron has used the Wildlife Action Plan maps along with other natural resources information for their town in their efforts to prioritize areas for future protection. See below to access the Hebron NRI.  Take a look at the Key Steps to Include Wildlife in Your Natural Resources Inventory.



The Town of Bath, New Hampshire's Natural Resources Inventory, compiled and written by town volunteers and Conservation Commission members in 2012, serves as an inventory of the natural resources in Bath. It will provide a basis for land conservation planning in the future, and uses NH Wildlife Action Plan data and other wildlife information. Read the article about Bath's NRI published in NH Fish and...

"Take a walk along one of Gerry Langdon’s carefully constructed woods roads - through stands of hemlock, past the clearing with the small pond, through well- spaced hardwoods, carefully weeded and thinned - and you almost forget that you’re just minutes from the high- way..." Read more 






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