Conservation Easements

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.


The Forest Society’s map showing the proposed 233 acre addition to their Black Mountain Forest. NH F&G, Basil Woods TU, Nh Aquatic Mitigation Funds and several generous others helped the Forest Society purchase and conserve this unique parcel. Follow the link below under Recent Projects Preserved for Wild Brook Trout Habitat to learn more.

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.


A map showing the Q2C Region.

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


Clockwise from left: Photos of the newly conserved Brown Tract showing the brook on the parcel that provides critical habitat for native eastern brook trout. The parcel adjoins the Forest Society’s Black Mountain Forest, next to Kearsarge’s Rollins State Park and Winslow State parks; Lichen-covered oaks cover the high point and a nice spot for a picnic; Eastern Brook Trout.











Wild for Trout near Mt. Kearsarge, Forest Society Adds 233 Acres to Black Mountain Forest in Sutton, by Brenda Charpentier (December 2016)

Helpful Resources
Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society)
Forest Society Conservation Easement Q & A
UNH Cooperative Extension
The Nature Conservancy
NH Audubon
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

Wildlife Resources
2015 Wildlife Life Action Plan (info and maps of wildlife status and needs)
NH Wildlife Pages
Taking Action for Wildlife
Habitats of New Hampshire

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

Mapping Resources
GRANIT View Litean easy to use interface for creating basic maps
GRANIT View II – a more advanced interface containing more map layers
2015 Wildlife Life Action Plan Town Maps

 Grants for Conservation Easements
Forest Society’s Funding Resources for Land Conservation