Conservation easements are privately-owned lands where partial interest has been deeded to a land trust or the state for the purpose of protecting the land from development. They are one of the most effective ways of protecting our most pristine headwaters and highest ranking habitat and supportive landscapes. They are also used to protect lands that provide fish and wildlife connectivity between larger, unfragmented spaces.
Local conservation commissions keep updated maps of conserved properties. Areas protecting water resources, large blocks of high quality habitat and landscapes supporting species of greatest concern are priorities for conservation. Each town’s Master Plan, Natural Resource Inventory and Conservation Plan help prioritize the most important land to conserve.
The Warner River watershed is regionally significant because it lies within the boundaries of the Quabbin-to-Cardigan partnership (Q2C), an initiative launched in 2003, that seeks to conserve one of the largest remaining areas of intact, interconnected, ecologically significant forest in central New England and is a key to protecting the headwaters of the Merrimack and Connecticut rivers.
NH Granit, NH’s Statewide Geographic Information System (GIS) (mapping) program, houses all sorts of data about NH including the locations and details of conserved land parcels. Try out GRANIT’s easy to use online ArcGIS viewer platform. Whether you are a landowner, citizen or a town official you can view maps of existing conservation easements and other natural resources.
See Mapping Resources below
for the links.
Recent Projects Conserved for Wild Brook Trout Habitat
Wild for Trout near Mt. Kearsarge, Forest Society Adds 233 Acres to Black Mountain Forest in Sutton, by Brenda Charpentier (December 2016)
Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society)
Forest Society Conservation Easement Q & A
UNH Cooperative Extension
The Nature Conservancy
Farmland Conservation Resources – Land for Good
Local Land Trusts Conserving Land within the Warner River Watershed
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust
Five Rivers Conservation Trust
Rare Plants, Exemplary Natural Communities
NH Natural Heritage Bureau
NH Natural Heritage Bureau –Rare plants, animals and exemplary natural communities by municipality
Natural Communities of NH photo guide
Grants for Conservation Easements
Forest Society’s Funding Resources for Land Conservation